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    December 25, 2012
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>> good morning, it is christmas morning. i am filling in with gretchen
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carlson so we could with be her little one. live look at vatican city. the world celebrates the birth of jesus christ. . >> and the men and women who fought for our freedom getting a christmas surprise on the other side of the world. >> did you make your reservation for christmas dinner in kentucky fryed chicken? we want to hear yours . fox and friends is thinking. >> you are asking the wrong people on this show? >> just send them a carrier pidgion. fox and friends begins right now. >> hey, this is merry christmas and happy new year for fox and friends.
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♪ merry christmas everyone and thank you for waking up with us on christmas morning. it is a business morning for everyone. santa claus, too. he's in our green room and passed out control. he's had a busy, busy night. >> and had egg knog. there is a divorce he can make to make sure he doesn't snore. >> all of the kiddies at home want to send us an e-mail at friends and folks and friends.com. santa will be asking your question and if you have trouble putting together
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gadgets and toys . the only tech questions, send them to me . personal tech help line . you are giving santa a break. he needs it. >> i want to know if you have your gifts wrapped for you. did santa wrap your gifts for you or not. >> we did, too. >> mine were not wrapped. i was like in the late shift. >> mine were always crapped. >> i think in the south santa doesn't wrap. maybe you were a bad kid. i was like the last one and he was tired of wrapping at that point. send us christmas traditions and we'll talk about the crazier ones out there. first live look at st. peter's square in vatican city, pope benedict getting ready to deliver his message. he urged people to make room
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for god in their body lives. >> now to bethlehem, hundreds of people turning out to celebrate in the birthplace of jesus christ. good morning, leland, merry christmas. >> good morning and merry christmas from where it bigan. looking above manger square. cusee the pilgrims in manger square and the large christmas tree and the church of the nativity and they will head out inside and head down to the grotto where jesus was born more than 2000 years ago. midnight mass is a special celebration and standing room only in the church of the nativity. that's where the latin patriarch celebrated the birth of christ. more and more pilgrims come here to bethlehem to celebrate
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christmas and bringing tourist dollars. it began yesterday at noon with the march of the palestinian boy scouts who come down from jerusalem all the way to the square in bethlehem. a lot of americans said being here in bethlehem is a different than the christmas you celebrate in the united states. celebrations are not about presents or about santa, it is actually celebrating the birth of christ and being here really brings them so much closer to their faith not only because of where they are at but seeing and experiencing so much of what is in the bible. the church of the nativity and other stories, it is right here and best way they have found so far to celebrate christmas. back to you in new york. merry christmas and we'll check back in later. >> pime in virginia, waking up to a white christmas.
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charlottesville is a beautiful town. big tornado threat . look at the weather maps. we'll show you the current temperatures it is cold out there. two degrees in rapid stee and in minneapolis . we are big problems that are happening for todaytomorrow and thursday that causes a lot of difficulties for travel. you know what, i have my clicker. >> you have had tech problems. rick lost his ipad. >> get it together. what is going on. >> this is it a tech problem. can you fix it >> there is it big fog problems in atlanta. they can't see 10 feet. >> i will show you weather maps and there is big fog. we could have talked about the biggest tonch torn outbreak. houston to alabama and any
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place in between. watch that closely . >> thoo is frustrating if you are trying to travel get to your family. you want to be home. >> you need to be safe more than anything . >> if you have an option of going to a basement or not, choose the one with the basement. could be dead leaf large tornados. >> it might be the start of new biwrar christmas celebrations. it is in twitter this morning. there are odd christmas tradition this morning. odd christmas tradition in the world. going out to japan, it is so normal that kfc is so popular that people go to kfc for christmas they have to make reservations weeks in advance. >> i can't imagine.
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i believe we ought to exsport. >> ileave mince pie and guinness for santa. >> that's why he forgot to wrap the presents. >> and in venezuela, they skate to church. >> roller skate. >> they move to the rollerblades or have the double wheels. >> there is no speed limit there. you can pass all you want. >> any odd traditions to do? >> i think in a lot of places in america we have adopted the tradition from different cultures. my favorite thing on december 7th. feast of somebody help me out here. put your shoes out and you wake up in the morning and you have candy in your shoes . in holland that is wooden shoes . >> how about you. any crazy tradition .
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>> no, we go to church on christmas eve . open one present. >> i know some families that have birthday cake for jesus and other families instead of lot of gives they do three because the wise men had three. >> gretchen said she is swedish and they open all of the presents on chris has eve. >> what a bummer on christmas morning. >> it might be good for the kids. they might be able to save it for the next day. >> a lot of my friends say they get so many gifts, they get worn out. one of the best traditions i think is mistle toe. >> making out. >> but you might want to it nibble on the mistle toe instead of the person underneath. >> there is medicinal properties was mistle toe .
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talking about the qualities. i don't know where mistle toe is. i see fake mistle toe hanging . >> plastic . >> does it grow in the ground or in the treese. >> you never seen mistle toe growing. maybe it is a dryer climate thing it grows off pumpull and elm and pine treese. >> does it grow this season or year round. >> it is it like a fungus or a parasetic plant moss that grows on the treese it is very cool. >> rick out in the forest. >> they may have different benefits. >> such as what. >> menopause, that's why rick was out there. >> i am little young for that. >> headaches and. >> really, you can eat it and swallow it >> you are fine? >> they will inject serum into
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tumors. >> my mom was complaining about arthritis. it helps with arthritis problems, mom start nibbling on that. >> there is her christmas present . now the other headlines this morning. u.s. troops in afghanistan taking a break from the front line to celebrate christmas. they attended mass and ate dinner among what many call the second family thousands of mimes away from home. >> i wish i could be with family ands . it is the time of year where everyone gets together and enjoying being together pretty much. >> the holiday season is joyful. we spend it with family and friends. it is different. but there is a lot of things to look around and be thankful for. >> hardest part of the holidays is being away from their children. >> show went on in newtown,
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connecticut. let pageant being healed and priveding joy to a community. three children up in wise men . two children roles as ang and he will shepherd were not fill would. >> overnight a u.s. airways catches on fire in a maintenance test in a phoenix airport it is brand new video of the crews extinguishing the fire with foam. no passengers were on board . the believed to have started in a motor under the plane's tale . hollywood mourning the loss of two legendary actors this morning. >> i know your teammates . let's do it again and do it right. >> charles durning.
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king much character actors pass away from natural causes . he portrade a feisty football coach in north dallas and pope and santa claus. charles burning was 89 years old . he was loved by millions as messy oscar madison. actor jack klugman decide. >> sunday evening is defrosting the ice box. you have ruined another sunday evening with your fussing. >> are you finished? >> i don't know. >> klugman's family said he went peacefully in his home in california . his wife was there. jack klugman was 90 years old. >> oscar or fellix. >> he was oscar. >> he was the better oscar or walter. >> they were best friends off camera.
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>> they worked together before in the 50s. one of my all-time favorite shows. >> are you oscar. >> i am way more oscar. >> i have seen your office. >> everyone loves christmas presents. so does father john mark. his christmas message is next. there he is. >> still hasn't finished shopping. last minute gift giving guide from the ultimate procrastinator. >> that is great. ♪ ♪
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>> and a toast, for a merry christmas. god bless us. god bless us everyone. >> classic lines like that from the christmas carroll to make you remember the true meaning of christmas. his family is tearing through the holiday and the feast. >> here with a christmas message is author of this book. god wants you happy. father john. and at the midnight mass. >> awake like santa. >> i am confident. >> and after midnight mass. >> it was a superbowl . and you only work one day i week . >> here is the pope's message . he will deliver his message last night and we need to take time and slow down and reflect and allow god in his lives and
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slow down and not use technology much and that is a great message for christmas day . >> on the only for catholics or christians and people who believe that there is a higher power and there is a super gnarl being who has plan and mission for our lives and the pope is saying in this modern age . we don'tine have time for god which is amazing. that doesn't make sense. if god is al-powerful and loving . we are for him . it is time like christmas. we are able to sit back and reflect a bit especially after the gifts are wrapped and preparations are done for us . what is my life all about? and jesus said your life is about living and dying and getting ready for life eterm .
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he has come and in the form of a baby and christmas doesn't make sense unless it is it linked to his life and passion and death and resurrection and redemption. that's what christmas is all about. go ahead, rick. >> every year, our world changes so much especially in the last month with the massacres that we saw. >> that's right. >> but your message on christmas does it change or is it that same message. >> it is the same but we live it in a way . christmas snuck up on me this year. with sandy and the newtown tragedy. they say it doesn't feel like christmas because i have gone through all of these things. imagine what christmas morning felt like for mare yejoseph it was not just perfect. it is not just family and happiness. it is about redemption . there are people sitting at
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home alone without family. you can live christmas better than the rest of us . people who are suffering right now and might be able to connect with god in a very, very personal intimate way better than the rest of us. the message is the same but we can live it different and better: we mentioned some people do the birthday cake and advept wreth and you have a great tradition that your father started with you. >> two things. one of the things my dad would make united states go before the mange scene and meet us in a prayer. one minute. it doesn't take long. it make it is an indel mate mark on the children and my heart . the second thing, we almost had somebody who didn't fit
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around the christmas table and around thanksgiving table. in other words someone who was not part of the immediate family and sometimes even off of the street. we got used to that. there always machine behodidn't fit. it is making room for someone who doesn't have the blissings. >> and for everyone. >> that's why rick is here. someone who doesn't fit. >> bingo. >> father john. >> i had to do something. >> and he's in our green room. upon he woke up and about answer your e-mails and tweets. >> still need a gift for your inlaws and perfect present. you don't have to leave your house for it, coming up next. sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush?
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>> welcome back. the christmas edition. over 6 billion and that's how many presents santa delivered overnight. stop laughing, santa. norrad tracked every present he dropped. 2012 million. that's how many miles santa travels . finally 12 million. that's how many elvessanta
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needs. his fleet is 40 times bigger than freed ex. >> take that. >> clayton. do you have christmas shopping left to do. we have you covered. here with last minute gifted whys. unmarried chc.com. >> merry christmas. you have to get crative right now it is really down to the wire. >> what do you suggest in >> a lot of grocery stores are open . put together your own gift basket. a pastidate night and perfect to bring over to family and friends today . quick stop and package it all up in a colander. >> everyone loves the wine. >> everything in here. >> good . what about this one. gift box. >> monthsly subscription from pop sugar. they pick all of the items for you and each month. you get a different thing.
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even though you will not be able to bring it over today. you can print out a gift card for it. >> exactly. >> they will get a shipment every month starting in january. how does that work. do they charge your debit card and credit card every month and you pay for it. you get a discount if you do more than one in a month it is it great it is it all for fashion and beauty and home and great full size items, too. one of my favorite is mini emergency kit. >> that's great . that is it pop sugar and they have a man version as well. you are good to go. >> and it is it a grate gift card. >> who doesn't and especially a gas card with gas prices being what they are. you can get itunes or you don't know someone as well. you don't want to give cash.
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american express has a good gift card as well you can give it to them as well everyone appreciates it >> this is it a great gift as well. magazine subscriptions and you can get for the price of one. >> you print it off and get it in the card and i used to get them every year for christmas. >> di, too. and another great idea is to go on lineup and cover someone's gym membership and see how much it is it. i bought my brother a year of yoga . again, it is it last minute and thoughtful, too. >> i knew a friend who bought someone a day in the salon. >> that is expensive. what do we have here? >> walgreens is open on christmas day . you can make different calendars. everything starts at 19.99 . you can do it there.
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it took 20 minutes. >> it is it a great idea especially if you upon have children. >> do it on the way out of town and pript off like regular pictures that takes a few minutes . thank you so much and good to see you. >> coming up. you are thrown out of the a moving card and left on the side of the road to die? this little guy survived and a christmas miracle for joey the dog. look at him. he's cute . about to meet the real-life santa claus and he has a license to prove it. stay with us. . ♪ ♪
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the ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ we wish you a morey christmas. ♪ we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year . ♪ good tidings wherever you are. >> headed for portagal. >> got my dancing down. >> we never danced so well >> some people writing and what is your favorite christmas moving. a lot of people say elf. >> us getting elf.
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you can do this on jib jab at any time com. >> don't ask us to do the moves. >> we'll have to practice. and greg is a doctor. he writes us. it is it the 18th year of the big box in my family. box like the side of the room and wop year filled it with pillows. nintendo to sculpture and other weird things and it is it a like who will get the big box. >> i wonder if anything batted ends up on it and look at the pictures from all of the staff that works so hard on the show. this is production assistant jimmy elliott. one of our great producirs. her mom and step dad and
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brother and sister. merry christmas. she sent me a picture of the no they had there. >> great girl. >> senior producer michelle and and their husband and children. gavin and sophie. cute family. >> writter and her brother kevin. merry christmas to you. >> line producer . morgan is line producing right now. >>s why, she is back there working. >> here is an adorable gentlemen flamed clayton morris. >> this is me and my wife and christmas card this year. beautiful wife natalie and 7 month old girl ava. >> i want to eat your son. he is one of the cutest kids i had seen. >> look at this. he will have to wait until noon. >> he's two and half. >> next year, you may not be
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able to anchor the morning show. >> i will not be here. >> he looks just like his mom. >> he is good. >> and santa claus behind the scenes was christmas eve. playing santa. >> he's had a long night. how are you feeling? >> feeling good. i took a nap. had a little bit of hot chocolate and starting to wake up. >> we have toyce and . to know your tricks of the trade. we have a tricks from rick dean. how duknow my size? >> his size. >> i keep a naught yenice list and when the elvescome back to tell me. is all listed in the big bookment >> you know sizes and all of that. >> exactly. everything about them. >> santa a tweet from james. in order to get to every home on earth overnight. does santa use faster than
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light technology or a time travel and we haven't heard of. >> clay lon or jane? >> well, i will tell you, it is my magical night that i am able to get around to the homes. but i need their help, too. by stay nothing bed so when i come to their home, i can get all of the work done. it helps me so much. santa carroll tweeted to usment what are your favorite cook ies left last night. >> cookies is a subject i would lining to talk about. chocolate ship . sugar cookies when the children decorated and mill cookies and oreos. every cookie was outstanding and family. >> got a cookie hang over this morning. >> santa we had problems earlier onlet show because clayton and i said our gifts
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were wrapped by you. but ai nsley's gifts were never wrapped. >> sometimes i like to be different. it is according to when the list checks up. some are wrapped and some i like to wrap them and so it is it a surprise. >> and they were saying it is because it was a last minute thought . maybe not as good as they were. that's not the case. >> not at all. >> sometimes you hand in your list late. >> shocker. >> and kids waking up have questions for santa and santa is going to be with us all morning long. e-mail them at fox and friends.com. thank you, sant a. >> you're welcome and merry christmas. >> i can see you editing and scratching something out. >> a. when you were a kid you got a sears or jc penney
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catalopping . want pamings were opposite for the adults. >> find me on e-mail or twitter. duhave the service merchandise catalog . i would go through that thing and circetlet the gi joe toyce. >> i think it was. i remember that catalog. it was so exoiting. >> i love that thing. >> there are real lifa clause and krs kri thinkles that change their name. >> i don't know if they switch it back after christmas. they physically go down to the courthouse to change their name to kris kri thinkles and santa claus. >> a lot of of women want to change their namav they get married. 15 people who recorded their names as santa claus.
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think how much met way. what is your name. santa claus . people think you are mulling their leg. you don't get parking tickets when the police officer walked up and saw. we had a story yesterday a santa claus who got a parking ticket. >> he was fully dressed. >> they said the officer was the grinch. because he would not rip up the ticket for santa claus. >> e-mail us and talkitous. >> why was santa driving the car. and now to your headlines this morning. police are searching for more victims . this is a serious story from 7 homes that burned down. it happened in upstate new york . you can so the flames there. >> every place. it could be you.
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an emotional vigil. it was set and set by an excon who opened fire on them . two others were injured as well. excon 62 year old william sprangler then killed himself police say he spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death back in 1980 . he was living withs had sister who was not accounted for . a marine veteran. fox news was there when john hammar and his dad arrived back in florida. >> you guys turned it into something spectacular and we are grateful. >> this is great right now. i am glad to be talking to you
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about that it is over with. >> back in august. he was locked up on a weapon's charge trying to legally bring an annique gun across the border. when he reached mexico he was detained. >> christmas eve shocker for families. a texas family had a plane crash in the back yard. >> it was like thunder and the house shook a little. >> the plane just took off from an airport near san antonio when it had mechanical trouble. let pilot lost control and crashed in two backiards where kids had just finished playing. >> just before that. they were climbing on this fence. >> we were lucky it went through the fence and the shed slowed it down. the pilot and passenger were not injured. neighbors were told it would take a week to clean up that
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miss. >> if you are looking for a good movie over the holiday. hollywood unleashing serious star power in the box office. >> we tried to introduce a little bit of sugar and it was going off of the rails of the craze train. >> what did you do? >> you gave them cake. >> i gave them slivers. >> family comemmedy parental guidance finds billie kristol and bette midler who have to embrace pop culture to connect with three grand kids. ♪ ♪ many of us anticipating the big screen adaptation of les miserable . stars anne hath thereto away . russell crowe. >> i love that. >> les miberables. >> i am saying with a spanish
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accent. >> my wife wants to see that. she never asked me to so a movie. all right. i have to go see it there is no speak negligent entire movie and singing the entire movie. did you see it on stagement >> no . loved it. >> and coming up, falking about our favorite christmas movies. you can find us on twitter or e-mail address . we have to figure it out. fox and friends.com. >> best deals are still ahead. days toy shop the ultimate discounts rerealed. >> and thrown out of the a moving car and left to die . he survived and this morning, another chris malmiracle. >> he did survive. >> [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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deals are good. wait until tomorrow. discounts will be deeper as retailers try to get rid of the items left on the shelves. some believe it will be splashed 80 percent. >> welcome back. you know our next four legged friend well he was three months old and he was found on the side of the rod after brutally tossed out of a moving vehicle. he is full of life and more importantly a new home for christmas. joining us is joyy's mom and joyy the dog himself. nice to see you this morning. >> we saw that many people know joyy and certain low have seen him on the area. a lot of folks don't know his story and can you take us back to the beginning and how the story untolded. >> joyy was thrown from a car in a plastic bag and a good samaritan heard his cries and
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stopped and opened the bagand found a puppy that was only about four months old at the time. he was in severe shock. he had wounds all over him and in severe pain. >> he had bite marks on him as well . that led you to believe. >> he was probably a bait dog for dog fighting . they use them to train the other fighters to you know, get a taste of blood and he definitely came from an abused background. that was not the 50 incident of abuse. now he has a home and living with you now? >> yeah, we couldn't let him go. it was a wonderful story and i fell in love with him and on he with us and so he stayed. >> take me through the process. as a doctor you are looking
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and what sort of the chance for life did you give him when you saw him? one, i didn't know if he would make it through the initial shock. let's see how it goes. >> and then he was paralides inule four limbs. i didn't think he would walk normally. we wanted to give him a chance and it is miraclous and the way he ever roed and running like a normal dog. >> really, that is unbelievable. >> it is crazy and wonderful. >> take me through the recovery process. when you did the surgeris and walk me through all of that and how he came out of it >> he didn't need surgery which was surprising. >> really? >> we did physical therapy . he had a cast on his neck to keep it stabilized. and kept him immobile x. once it is was heeled up. we started physical therapy.
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>> the spca is offering a 427,000 reward that leads to the information and arrest of the. any word? >> i haven't heard any word. i know they are still on the case. they want to catch these guys. they are working hard to do that. >> this is it broader message of animal abuse. this is not only joyy. but what message do you have for individuals who want to help? >> your local spca . aspca are out there to help you . also local shelters. and you know, organizations like mine they need a lot of medical care. and help the doctor with the cause and if you would like to donate go to healing haven animal fund.org.
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just a few dollars to help other an mams out there. great to see you . joyy. merry christmas. he didn't like the santa hat. >> you knew it as well >> merry christmas. >> hunt for the perfect christmas tree may be easier. get a clone. we'll explain that and she battled bobby flay on iron chef and about to hup impress your gifts. >> amanda is here. ♪ ♪ people love our potpourri parties. it's a smell of a good time. this is the juniper!
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oh that is magical. [ male announcer ] when you combine creamy velveeta with zesty rotel tomatoes and green chiles, you'll get a bowl of queso that makes even this get-togeth better.
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>> he was battling bobe flay and the next runner up on the fox and friends . here to create the perfect holiday dirn . congratulations on being runner up. i know you wanted win. >> everybody wants to win and i had an amazing experience. tough competition. the stuff you have to do is amaze shopped is one of my favorites.
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this is not and it is a wonderful reactions association. in is it a pom payian and mediterranean and i know it sounds fancy. >> it but it is not. put together chicken shock and olive oil . they look like this at the end. >> how long do you simmer it >> 20 minutes . they sit in the oil and they can use it for vin gets or flachoring and it is so delicious. i highly recommend. i love to take my smoke alarm
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off of the feeling you get the wonderful nuttiness. >> and put it back and when you are cooking it is to get your pan hot. kitchen secrets are a hot pan and oven. >> before you put the stuff n >> you want a beautiful. do you like brussel sprouts. >> it is my favorite vegetable. >> i converted people who hated them to loving them. >> most of my family refuse to do it and i am trying to convert. >> if you make this for them you will convert them. i am using a lot of the olive oil and no butter. i love butter, too. but don't get me wrong. but this olive oil has grape seed and extra virgon and it is light and lots was flavor . the idea is shut the shallots
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and chicken stock and oil in here and cook it will altogether. >> oh, my and then i am putting breed in here. this is stuffing and you have the chicken stock and shallon and bread. >> this smells so amazing. >> it is christmas. >> and then about the pork. >> i have hundred thousand things going on. it is it marinated with olive oil and take it out and roast it and it is so great . i add the juji apples with the pain. >> it is the sweetness of the apples and juiciness of the apples with the pork and brussel sprouts and roys mary and shallots .
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peater brady. >> i am starving . so you simply slice the pork and put the platter with the apples all around and juices combined and thin your brussils and then you mix it altogether. >> it smells incredible. they are on our website. how long do you have to let it cook? >> 10-12 minutes . what i always say is taste like you are doing. taste it as you are cooking it. my stove is different and my pan different than yours. everybody's temperatures are different . taste as you g. >> and a lot of people are afraid of the pork. you have to get to it. >> pork is so safe . we have beautiful products. you have to do it i don't know. i would say 150 to 155 . use a thermometer. >> go get a thermometer. >> nice and pink and juice i. no one will get sick on pork.
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where thousands of people actually flock. they go there at the birth place of jesus christ. we have a live report from there in just a few seconds. >> rick: americans celebrating christmas, getting greeted with severe weather across the country, from blizzards in the midwest to serious tornadoes in the south. we'll be tracking these storms and telling you how it might impact your holiday travel plans. >> clayton: does your family always end up like this at christmas? >> punch in the face i ever got! god damn it! >> son. >> clayton: you're not alone. we've got ways to keep things festive and avoid the fighting. heavily spiked egg nothing. "fox & friends" hour two starts right now. >> this is tony dan. >> danza and you're watching fox friends friend. merry christmas and happy new year.
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♪ . >> clayton: merry christmas, everyone. thanks for waking up with us on this christmas morning and watching "fox & friends." we hope he can bring you some joy as you're opening presents around the fire, having breakfast. rick reichmuth, ainsley earhart and we're all filling in. >> ainsley: the kids get up wee hours of the morning, as you know. >> rick: after a busy night delivering presents, santa claus is in our green room and he's awake this time. he's done with his nap. he's ready to answer your questions. send in your e-mails and tweets and santa will answer them. >> clayton: good morning, santa. >> good morning, merry christmas. >> ainsley: merry christmas. >> clayton: busy in vatican city this morning because the pope has delivered his christmas message. listen in on and here is a little bit of sound from the
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pope this morning. >> the good earth, a healthy earth, an earth made -- in this world is a good soil which god has prepared as he dwells among us. a place for his presence in the world. this new earth and today, too, in 2012, the truth has sprung. consequently, a hope in which we can trust, even at the most difficult times and in the most difficult situations. truth has sprung up, bringing kindness. >> clayton: the pope also saying, in addition to that message there, that we all just need to slow down a little bit, reconnect, put technology down for a little bit.
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it's going to be hard for me. [ laughter ] >> ainsley: find room for god and that in this fast paced world, you can slow down. we've had so much tragedy with sandy and then what happened at the sandy hook elementary school with the massacre. then we're talking about the fiscal cliff. you've got people on both sides of the aisle there. he's remaining people just slow down. >> rick: slow down even longer than one day if you can. >> clayton: like everyone is going to the malls and shop tomorrow. thousands of people celebrating at the birth place of jesus christ. joining us live from bethlehem is leeland vittert who is live look over all the festivities in manger square. merry christmas to you and good morning. what's the scene look like? >> merry christmas and good morning to y'all from where it all began, right here in manger square. i'm going to step out of the shot so you get a sense of the festivities. you've got the huge nativity in
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manger square. then looking out, you see the church of the nativity where there was midnight mass, standing room only inside the church of the nativity. that's where the latin patriarch declares the birth. it's the same grotto that alt pilgrims who are coming here over the couple days of christmas celebration are getting a chance to see. it's a very special place for many people a spiritual and holy place to be. christmas celebrations celebratn bethlehem are a month long celebration and they cull culmie on christmas morning when the boy scouts march in down into bethlehem and they lead the latin patriarch down in, lining the parade routes are the thousands of pilgrims who come out to experience christmas in bethlehem. many of them are americans who made the trip over here and they
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say that being here and seeing this christmas, which isn't so much about santa and about gifts, as it is about the actual spirituality and the faith. they say experiencing these traditions that have been going on for so long and then get to go see the geography, exactly where the church of the nativity are and having the stories from the bible come alive bring them so much closer to their faith obviously on one of the most holy days of the year. back to you in new york. >> clayton: beautiful scene there. live in manger square, we'll check back later. because we know that when you get all the in-laws together, you get all the families together, there ends up being some siblings together, there ends up being some friction. that's a nice way of putting it. i'm sure many of you can relate to it. we have four ways this morning to avoid the fights that usually are associated with christmas. >> ainsley: what are they? >> rick: the first one is that people fight obviously over
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money. christmas is such an expensive times and a love flats stem from that. so flying across the country to visit family is expensive and they fight over it. >> ainsley: a lot of people are staying put this christmas because it is so expensive. people are trying to save money right now. >> clayton: one of the other biggest reasons or ways people fight over money is because they say, and they say this to one another, we need to buy gifts for our kids, colleagues and college. >> rick: where does it stop? let us know where it stops for you. how many people do you buy gifts for? do you go down through all your colleagues? in my family, there is 25 of us when you have -- i'm one of five kids, and then you add in spouses and nephews and nieces and great nephews nephews nephe. >> clayton: do you buy one big gift? >> rick: maybe you can do a family gift. that's what we do sometimes.
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my general thing is whoever is at home at christmas, when i'm at home, i get them gifts. but i'm not going to the post office to mail gifts to people. that's my personal general rule. but these things cause a lot of conflict. >> ainsley: if you're not celebrating until next weekend, you have the luxury of going to the stores tomorrow and you can hit up the sales if you haven't done shopping. >> i have not shopped at all. [ laughter ] >> ainsley: you'll get good deals tomorrow. >> rick: however, we're not celebrating 'til sunday. >> clayton: you get all the post-christmas sales. that's brilliant. other ways people fight over money at marks spending way too much money on parties. >> ainsley: yeah. >> clayton: a lot of people do that. the other way is that you should have asked me before buying that, something that couples say. you before you bought that. >> rick: you are both married. do you have that rule? >> ainsley: it can definitely cause a fight. >> clayton: she's very good. she handles the spreadsheet.
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i'll sneak in some gifts. i bought some yesterday. and she said oh, that's sweet. i'll add things. >> ainsley: the key is marry someone who is responsible with their money, and then you don't have to worry about it. then you need your separate fund. >> clayton: you don't want to see on the account that you bought it at this place and you know what you're getting. >> ainsley: at least that worked for us. >> rick: marriage in the 21st century. when you get your christmas tree, people have different theories. some want a perfectly decorated tree and some people like the charlie brown thing. >> clayton: some like the understated tree. some like this one. now germans are hoping to clone the perfect christmas tree using some science from the firs so they give off the perfect glow and have the perfect stem and foliage. >> ainsley: they don't have open spaces in between the branches. >> rick: they're saying a lot of the trees they grow, after ten to 14 years after all the
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weather that happens, a big percentage aren't any good. >> ainsley: send my father there. he'll buy them. my dad would always come home with the worst tree because he felt sorry for it. my mother would have to turn it around so the open spaces were in the back in the corner. >> clayton: he felt bad for a lonely tree? >> ainsley: yeah. i think really secretly the guy gave him a deal. that's really what it was about. >> clayton: it was in the discount section. >> ainsley: how about you? >> clayton: for a while my sister was allergic to christmas tree, so we had to do the artificial. i don't know if it was the pine, or i don't know what it is. >> ainsley: it's not pine sol. that's cleaner. >> clayton: oh [ laughter ] >> rick: my family, my parents, they do a fake tree now, which actually kind of makes a little more sense. but die not dee -- i do not do a tree because 360 square feet.
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we have 275 of those square feet taken up with furniture. i don't have an excess space. >> clayton: get the charlie brown christmas tree. >> rick: people in milwaukee are experience ago major storm. now this morning there is more snow and freezing rain and some tornadoes that we'll tell you about. wild weather is threatening christmas travel for millions of americans. look at the weather maps. you can see it's very cold, zero in rapid city. this is a look at the radar picture right now. we've got big problems that are going to be brewing told. snowy component to the storm and spear weather component to the storm a. tornado watch box in effect across parts of texas and louisiana and then you see the colder air in there. this is a really dangerous situation. where you see the red area, moderate risk for severe weather, this is like what you would see in the spring with severe weather and the threat
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for possibly big and damaging tornadoes. that's what we have today. christmas day and all that stripe across much of louisiana, southern half of mississippi and alabama, the threat for big tornadoes today. also the other side. we're going to be talk snow. by the time we get to thursday, look at this. some spots across interior sections of the northeast, maybe over a foot of snow. major travel problems in those airports. >> ainsley: any getting snow? >> rick: in the central plains from kansas into oklahoma, parts of texas and the panhandle. >> clayton: this morning, send us your snow photos if you have a white christmas. send them to rick on twitter or friends at fox news.com. >> ainsley: now the rest of the headlines. troops in afghanistan celebrating christmas. they attended mass and ate dinner, among what many call their second family thousands away from home. >> i am missing the opportunity to be with my family. however, this job comes with a price. many of the soldiers realize
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that price. so even though we'd like to be with our families, we realize the importance of what we're doing here and we believe in it. >> ainsley: soldiers say the hardest part of the holiday is being away from their children. former president george h.w. bush will spend christmas in the hospital with his wife, barbara, and other family members. the 41st president has developed a fever and some weakness now. bush senior has been in the hospital since november 23 for a bronchitis-related cough. doctors originally said he would be home for christmas, but say they're still optimistic that he will make a full recovery. mourning the loss of two actors this morning. >> i know what your teammates would love a live scrimmage, but let's do it again and do it right! >> ainsley: nine-time emmy nominee and two-time oscar nominee charles concerning, known as the king of character actors, passing away overnight. he portrayed every kind of role,
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from a football coach in "north dallas forty," to the pope, to santa claus. he was a decorated world war ii veteran, he was 89 years old. and he was loved by millions as the messy oscar madison in the show "the odd couple." jack klugman has passed away. >> you ruined another evening with your tidying and your cleaning! >> ainsley: his family said he went peacefully at his home in california. he was 90 years old. those are your headlines. >> clayton: thanks. coming up on the show, it's a christmas tree like you've never seen before. ♪
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>> rick: our next guest says it's about the people. peter johnson, jr. is here to tell us about a few christmas heros. >> merry christmas to you. and to all. i went out on twitter and i said, what is the most fulfilling christmas that you ever had? people tweeted me back. nell hunt said, my most fulfilling christmas was in 2006. i moved back to ohio from louisiana after katrina and was reunited with my family. that would be a happy day. from joel griffith, my 89-year-old mom still with me. god bless her this christmas, making it the best. she has a heart condition. from debbie devlin, my favorite is my daughters putting the angel on the tree and baking cookies with them. i've got some christmas heros and i think we all do. i know you do. you were tell ming me about some before we began.
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two people that live the life of christ every day, they happen to be brothers and benedictine monks, father peter conley and be a dot glare conley who runs the abbott in still river, massachusetts. they are christians. they work every day for christ. they work every day to help the disadvantaged. the poor, the depressed, the people that need the love and grace of jesus christ. so they prove to be christmas heros each and every day. i know you have a christmas hero as well. >> rick: it's interesting hearing you say that. mine is another priest, father wassen. when i was in my 20s, i spent a year volunteer not guilty an orphanage in mexico. what people could think was a very sad and somber place, i remember always on christmas that christmas eve spent there with 7 to 800 kids in an incredible celebration and peace. the fact that this one man who started this orphan age with 16 kids turned that and gives so
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much comfort to kids around the world. i always think about that on christmas. >> you think about the joy and hope of christmas. i couldn't think of a better example. then the example that we all know. when you were talking about it yesterday and i know today as well, the example of sandy hook and the heros who lived and died at the sandy hook massacre, there is a picture of kaitlyn, who happened to live and who saved about 15 children, locking them behind a closed door, not allowing anyone, including the police, to come in until she had proof as to who they were. she talked about the children and how they said, we want to see santa. we want to see christmas. we don't want to die. and she promised them you will see santa. you will see christmas. you will see hanukkah and they lived. and so we pay tribute to her as a christmas hero and to all the brave women, teachers, psychologists, principals, heros all who gave their lives, some
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who lived, on that day. christmas heros all. incredible example for us of the love and sacrifice of jesus christ on this christmas day. >> rick: so true and tragedies like that, wend up finding hero. >> we find our faith in tragedies sometime. on this day, this is the happiest day of the year for my family and for me and for so many americans and so we all wish awe merry merry christmas. i'm so happy to be here on this day with my second family here at fox. >> rick: thanks so much and merry christmas to you and your family. much more coming up in a couple minutes [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. advil pm® or tylenol pm. the advil pm® guy is spending less time lying awake with annoying aches and pains and more time asleep. advil pm®. the difference is a better night's sleep.
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>> clayton: merry christmas, everyone. it is your news by the numbers christmas fun edition. first, 48%. that's how many kids are hoping to wake up to an ipad from santa this morning. it was the most sought after gift this year. next, if you have tech questions call us. 187 million, that's how many gallons of milk santa drank last night as he delivered homes -- gifts to homes around the world. and finally, 38 billion. that's how many calories santa ate last night. that's lot. i'm just going to go out on a limb and say that. from all those cookies that were left out for him.
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>> ainsley: while some people are busy trying to erase christmas from our culture, one church in the south is keeping christmas alive. literally with people singing from its branches. >> rick: fox news radio todd sterns has more. >> baptist church in memphis has a reputation for doing big things. they have three big crosses. they have a big bible verse. they have a big congregation. and they have a really big christmas tree. ♪ . >> it is 44 feet tall, over 100,000 lights, all driven by a computer program. >> the sipping christmas tree is a mid south holiday tradition, been around since 1976, a cast of more than 400 people and many of them are not even old enough to drive. >> i think it's pretty amazing that just this church and how we
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have the opportunity to do something as big as this is pretty cool. >> okay. i am in the big tree. it was sort of like climbing the mater horn to get up here and i'm only 20 feet high. that's about halfway up the sides of this gigantic singing christmas tree. now, during the performance, they're going to have 150 teen-agers stuffed in here. right now i feel like the giant squirrel. to be perfectly honest, i'm feeling sparkly. the singing christmas tree is a year round venture. hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes, creating a 1920s version of new york city that would envy broadway. >> people still enjoy good programs i think that protect good family value, good moral values, something they can take their family to. >> this is not your old school church production. bath robes and construction paper snowflakes. >> no, no. this is a huge production.
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it's all very contemporary. we have all different kinds of music and costumes and make-up and lights. ♪ ♪ . >> even though the singing christmas tree is broadway quality, there is one major difference. >> we hope that people will see a great show. but as we talk about all during rehearsals, it's not a show for a show sake. it really is about telling people the good news of jesus christ and that they would be different if they remember the name of a cast member, then we've missed it. but if they remember the name of jesus christ and accept him into their life and let him change their life, families will be different, lives will be different. and that's our real hope. >> for "fox & friends," i'm todd starnes. >> clayton: thank you so much. coming up on the show, this former marine once chain to do a bed in prison for
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months on trumped up charges is home for christmas. an update from his father is coming up next. >> ainsley: and santa is here. he's relaxing now in the green room after a very long night. but he's about to answer your e-mails and your tweets. he has time for that. so keep them coming. >> clayton: kids, keep sending them in. santa will answer your questions ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right
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♪ . >> rick: it's time for your shot of the morning. new photos much your favorite stars celebrating christmas. our favorite stars, some members of the kardashian clan posed for a picture. their family picture is at their family's favorite christmas party. >> clayton: here is one of my favorite celebrities. "jersey shore" snooki. she spent the day ice skating on christmas eve. >> ainsley: here is another one of our favorites l ryan seacrest making fondue with his father. >> rick: act therese mila hoe hoe very much doing cook not guilty high heels,. >> ainsley: she looks like she's making your brussel sprouts. >> clayton: she does. >> rick: be right over.
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>> clayton: now we have christmas shout outs, i guess if you will. and some photos of our family here at fox news and the people that make "fox & friends" get on the air, 'cause it certainly ain't us. producer laurie winier and her husband and family. merry christmas to you guys. >> ainsley: then patty ann brown's son, conner, and their dog in front of the fireplace. >> rick: production assistant kristy markinzik and her parents at her father's retirement ceremony. >> ainsley: pretty family. >> clayton: merry christmas to them. writer kate hay and her sister and cuffs. and looks like santa. merry christmas. >> ainsley: then our production assistant and her family in paris. >> clayton: i've never seen that building behind them. what is that? dave brigs and his kids. >> ainsley: the new addition. >> clayton: logan looks like she has a better cobra pose than the
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other ones. merry christmas to dave and brandy up there. hope you're having a wonderful time. >> ainsley: i'm glad dave is off this christmas, but he gets real teary eyed when his wife is sending him the pictures of the kids. >> clayton: now i'll be the one teary eyed. let's talk about this, because santa was out last night. we were having norad track santa around the country and around the world here on the show. santa is now in our green room here in midtown manhattan. how are you feeling this morning? >> i'm feeling much better. it was a great evening last night. everything delivered and now it's time to relax. >> clayton: you can't relax yet because we have some e-mails from viewers and tweets with some questions they want answered from santa. they didn't get a chance to see you. taylor from florida writes you, can i come see your house in the north pole? >> that's a little hard. i don't want everybody coming up because the elves are so busy
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that just being on the nice list is what helps. not right at this time. >> clayton: security is tight up there. >> rick: i would dream as a kid to go to the north pole. >> ainsley: what's it like the day after christmas? >> well, it is wonderful because i get to deliver gifts to all the nice children, it just fills my heart up to be able to do that. and to be out there with the reindeer and the sleigh and landing on the roofs, it is just a wonderful, wonderful day. >> rick: how full are you? we just heard how many calories you consumed last night. there was a lot of milk, like 3 billion-calories from cookies. how do you feel right now? >> let's just say a little full, but it was delicious 'cause mrs. clause makes sure that i eat healthy during the year. she just limits me to two cookies, as long as i've eaten everything. on christmas eve, i just go wild and eat everything.
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>> clayton: matt says, my sons want to know if you normally sleep all day after delivering the presents. >> normally i do, once i get back to the north pole. mrs. clause will have hot chocolate for me. i'll take my boots off and i'm going to sit in my chair and then the next thing you know, i'll be (snoring). >> rick: brian e mails and says, we leave carrots for the reindeer. do theyen joy them? >> they love them. rudolph, blitzen, that's the best thing. they're working almost as hard as i am 'cause they're taking me all over. >> clayton: so they need all that nourishment. kids, if you have any other questions, e-mail us. santa will answer your questions. you can also tweet us at "fox & friends" on twitter. >> merry christmas. >> ainsley: merry christmas to you, santa. >> clayton: last night did you guys on christmas eve, it's always a tradition to watch one of your favorite christmas movies. got to put it on, whether it's christmas vacation or elf, we
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tweeted earlier and asked you your favorite christmas movie of all time is and on the top of this list, because maris put together a poll of number one christmas movies of all time. the top three. here is one on the list. take a look. [ laughter ] hey four eyes! how would you like a snowball sandwich? ♪ . >> listen, jerk, when i tell you to come, you better come! what? are you gonna cry now? come on, cry baby, cry for me! come on, cry! [ laughter ] >> a tiny red hot flame began to grow. >> clayton: such a great movie. >> ainsley: remember when he got his tongue stuck to the pole and then he got his mouth washed out with soap for saying the word when his dad was changing the
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tire? bb gun. >> rick: i've never seen this movie. when did it come out? >> clayton: there is two days in a row when you've said something. you've never shopped on-line and never seen "a christmas story." >> rick: correct. when weather did it come out? >> clayton: early '80s, i think. >> ainsley: yeah. >> clayton: yeah. my wife has never seen it either. >> ainsley: you know the leg lamp -- >> clayton: 1983 is when it came out. here is the next one on the list. that was the number one. >> ainsley: 26% said that was their favorite. >> clayton: here is the second one on the list. "it's a wonderful life." >> hey george! george! you all right? what's the matter? >> get out of here, bert, or i'll hit you again! >> what the sam hell you yelling for, george? >> george? george, do you know me? >> know you? you kidding? i've been looking all over town
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trying to find you. i saw your car plowd into at that tree and i thought -- hey, your mouth is bleeding, are you sure you're all right? [ laughter ] my mouth's bleeding bert! my mouth's bleeding! >> ainsley: please tell me you saw that one. >> rick: i have seen that, but it's been a wonderful time. i have to rewatch it. >> ainsley: every time the bell rings, an angel gets her wings. >> clayton: here was the third on the list. "miracle on 34th street" rounds out the top three. ♪ what do you mean by drinking, you know it's not allowed. >> it's cold. a man has to do something to keep warm. >> i ought to take this cane -- >> and i ought to, somebody, get some black coffee and plenty of it. >> black with a little cream. wake me up when -- jingle belling. ♪ jingle bells ♪ jingle all the way
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♪ . >> shameful! >> could you be santa claus? have you had any experience? >> a little. >> ainsley: that is a great movie. >> rick: neither of us have seen that. >> clayton: i've never seen that either. what's yours? >> rick: there is a chick flick christmas movie that i love. it's "the holiday." >> clayton: oh, yeah. >> rick: kate winslet. >> clayton: jack black? >> yeah. >> ainsley: cameron diaz is -- has such a great word robe in that movie. and her house was awesome. when kate comes over and she's like -- >> rick: she became friends with that older man. >> ainsley: right. >> clayton: if you haven't seen it, now you know already. what about you? >> ainsley: "miracle on 34th" is any favorite growing up 'cause i always wants to do live in new york. it was so special and magical for me.
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>> clayton: maybe some day you'll get to live in new york. >> ainsley: maybe some day i'll get to experience christmas in new york. such a great place. you have to come and visit during the holidays. >> clayton: i love "christmas vacation." >> ainsley: i'm surprised it wasn't on the list. >> clayton: i think when you have those, it's hard to make the list i see shades of myself as i try to put up the christmas lights. >> rick: i do, too. see shades of him in you. >> clayton: at the end of the day, i want to be a family man, but we're all fallible. >> ainsley: everyone loves that. it's great. "polar express" is another good one. >> clayton: e-mail us, send us your favorite christmas movies. we have a lot of votes for "elf." millions of christian also celebrate christmas with mass this morning in new york. they're packing into st. patrick's cathedral to hear the message of hope and love. now more from the cathedral with more. good morning, antoine. >> good morning.
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we actually just popped our heads in a little while ago. mass is still underway and there were still people making their way in. it began at 7:00 o'clock this morning. we can tell you at midnight mass, timothy cardinal dolan talked about the recent tragedy that the northeast dealt with. he talked about the shootings in connecticut and talked about super storm sandy and the need for everyone to cling to this day and everything that it promises, the christian faithful, and all of the hopes and beliefs that are wrapped up and associated and tied into this one particular day, december 25. the mental that came out at midnight. but again, there will be other masses throughout the day. so if you didn't make the midnight one, then you can come and check out one at 8 or 9:00 o'clock at st. patrick's cathedral. a little while ago in rome at the vatican, pope benedict wrapped up christmas day mass there. at christmas eve mass, what he talked about was the ongoing conflict in syria. he talked about the conflict with the arab and israeli communities there and he actually spoke about a need for
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world peace. interestingly, 85 years old, the pope talked about the need of finding god in this age of technologycal marvels and wonders, your i pads and gadgets. he said he wanted to remind everyone not to get lost in that and to make sure that in as much as you are deeply rooted and grounded, to share that same passion for god. a lot of interesting messages, but it is what it is. it means a lot to each individual. all we can say is merry christmas, everyone and have a safe day to you. back to you. >> clayton: thank you. as he was mentioning and he was just starting to mention that, i need to put down my ipad. >> ainsley: that doesn't mean you should turn your tv's off. >> rick: some technology is okay. >> ainsley: now for your headlines this morning. police are searching for more victims have seven houses that burned down in an attack on firefighters in upstate new york
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. >> they go it could be me, it could be you. >> ainsley: emotional vigil held last night in webster for two volunteer firefighters. they were killed when they responded to that fire. it was set by a convicted killer who opened fire on them and two other firefighters were injured as well. 62-year-old william senler. he then killed himself. he spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death in 1980. he was living with his sister. she is unaccounted for this morning. no word yet on a motive for this attack. a marine veteran spending christmas with his family after he spent four months behind bars in mexico. fox news was there when jon hammmar arrived back home in florida. >> turned this christmas into something spectacular. you guys have really made it happen and we're really grateful. >> this is great right now. i'm glad to be talking to you about that it's over with. >> ainsley: back in august, he
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was locked up on a weapons charge. he tried to legally bring an antique gun across the border. it was cleared to travel with him on the u.s. side. when he reached mexico, he was detained. major breakthrough in the case of two missing yacht school friends from maine. police say they found their clothing on a small island near kennebunkport. the two were last seen drinking beer with a group of friends at wells' home late wednesday night. president obama spending christmas in hawaii. the president going golfing for christmas eve. he's there with his family on vacation. the president greeting people at the golf course there and afterwards, the obamas went to plymouth rock beach on a marine corps base there. >> clayton: thanks. our nation has a long history of faith. but how does faith fit into politics. juan williams is here next with his analysis about it. >> rick: we told but this cop jumping into freezing water to save someone drowning. now the officer is getting the
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freedoms that we enjoy here in the united states. including the freedom of religion and the right to practice how we choose. and according to some of this year's recent polls, nearly 60% of the general public finding religion very important in their life. you can look at this poll here on your screen. and our next guest has spent some time reflecting both about faith and politics. fox news contributor juan williams is with us from dc with his analysis. good morning to you. >> good morning, ainsley. merry christmas. >> ainsley: merry christmas to you. so i recently was watching one of the morning shows and i saw joel osteen, the pastor from texas, being interviewed by a local morning anchor and he was asking about his faith and he said -- and then about politics. and he said i try not to talk about politics because it divides people. but you, juan, you have a way -- i know you're very faithful, but you also talk about politics and it's injure job. so how do you set faith into -- fit faith into politics? >> for the whole of america and american politics, religion is
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oftentimes been i think a centerpoint and not always positive, which is why i hesitated and some politicians i think use religion as a hot button to drive or divide voters one y or another and at times to say i'm a fellow christian and who are these other folks. but overwhelmingly, i think politics politics and religion are both good instincts. instincts that bring people together, prompt conversation, and overwhelmingly affirm a belief in god. three quarters of the american people are christian and on this day, i think that's particularly important to understand how dominant christianity is in american life and the second thing to say is even as we've seen numbers increase, that people who say they're unaffiliated in terms of religious backing, we've seen a tremendous increase in that over the last five years, it's also the case that most of those people who say they're unaffiliated say they have a deep and abiding belief in god, those people say they are
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spiritual and this is a surprise to me, many of them, about 20%, pray daily. so maybe what they're disconcerted about tends to be organized religion and scandals, you know, ministers who as i say sometimes, use politics for their own ends, the tammy faye bakers, the extremes. but overwhelmingly, people or maybe the scandals in the church, but overwhelmingly, people still in this country are christians and have a deep abiding belief in god, even when they say they're unaffiliated. >> ainsley: it's two subjects that are very sticky, especially sitting around the table today, lots of families will be doing that. they always say, don't talk about politics and don't talk about religion. any advice for families out there that will be sitting around the dining room table? >> i think that the advice is to understand that they're sitting together and that, in fact, they're celebrating this day, the birth of jesus for the christian faith, in a way that suggests that you know what? there is something bigger than all of us. and again, when you -- is where
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the intersection of politics and religion becomes so real for me. when you ask people, does god have a plan for you? overwhelmingly, affiliated, atheists, christian, jew, it doesn't matter, they all say yes in this country. that's very strong about americans. the second thing is they believe that god has a plan for america, that we are somehow guided by divine providence. so i think there is a real intersection of the idea that this is the most religious nation of all the advanced countries, the western country countries in the world, the united states, and that we have this strong connection to god, even in the midst of our political turmoil. >> ainsley: yeah, it's nice to hear that. thank you for that perspective. merry christmas to you and your family. >> thank you so much. same to you. have a great day. >> ainsley: you, too. coming up, the same plant that you kiss under during the holidays could save your life. the health benefits of the mistletoe revealed. then you saw the chef, amanda,
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>> rick: quick headlines now. three hikers rescued from mount hood in washington. the group got lost while hiking to a cabin, but managed to get a 911 call in. bad weather slowed down the rescue, so they had to spend the night in a hollow tree. search crews found them the next day and brought them home safely. remembering this historiryic cop who jumped in to freezing water to save a drowning woman. now the city of boston is honoring officer ed norton with the commendation for this courage. unfortunately, the cold water rescue landed him in hot water at home. he lost his wedding ring in the water. oh, oh clayton? >> clayton: thanks. what better way to end your holiday meal than with a decadent dessert. wash it down with a delicious cocktail. we're back with runner up on the season of "the next iron chef" that ended two days ago. amanda is here. has it set in yet? >> not yet. i still feel like a winner. >> clayton: you are. congratulations. >> thank you. >> clayton: we cooked why stuff
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earlier. now dessert and a chocolate mousse. looking here, it doesn't look like it takes a lot to make a dessert like this. >> chocolate mousse can be made so quickly, so easily and it's a crowd pleaser. i don't know anybody who doesn't love it. >> clayton: you mentioned chocolate. is that where we start? >> the thing about this recipe is it's dark chocolate. i'm a huge dark chocolate fan. you add lots of cream and egg white into the base, so you start out with dark chocolate and end up with a rich mousse. >> clayton: i see the ingredients on the screen. if you miss any of these ingredients, they'll be on our web site as well. >> yeah. the twist is, i mean, bailey's, i love. and bailey's with hazel nut is new. always comes out around the holidays, i think. it's such a great treat. you can have it warm or cold. you can have it in your desserts. and i'm adding it to the whipped
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cream because it goes really well with chocolate. >> clayton: goes well with anything. >> i know. >> clayton: put it on a shoe. >> it goes well with ice basically. that's how i like it. >> clayton: you're whipping up bailey's and you want to top that on top? >> as a little twist u put the baileys into the whip cream. if somebody doesn't want it, then you can leave it out. but who doesn't want bailey's really? then top your mousse with the bailey's whip cream so you have this hazel nut and chocolate flavor. great combination. you put a little chocolate shaving on top. i'm a chocolate lover, i don't know if you know that about me. >> clayton: couldn't tell. next up, after that you need a little drink to wash it down with. what cocktail are you going to make. >> hazel nut and orange liqueur. >> clayton: you shaved from the rind? >> the smell of that is amazing. what i love is it has orange. it has clove. all these flavors -- look how good you are at that.
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>> clayton: yeah right. messing your beautiful -- >> you have a lucky lady at home when you cook for her. >> clayton: it's rare. >> i'm going to put some orange liqueur, hazel nut, bailey's, all these flavors are christmas. >> clayton: i see some of the republican here -- is that more chocolate? >> then we have clove, which is that warm, warm spice that gives that you yummy flavor. float orange on top. what's fun is you get to have these cocktails around christmas that you wouldn't normally have. let me give you some orange. >> clayton: thankfully you made me a virgin version. >> that's right. and i love -- >> clayton: if aid drink, i don't know that i could do the rest of the show. >> that's okay! it's christmas! >> clayton: you did put the orange inside? >> i did. when you just do that, like you were doing, you release all these oils oils and it's so strg and flavorful, it infuses into the cocktail. >> clayton: where weather could people learn more about you and your recipes?
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>> on my web site and tweet, amanda frytag. >> clayton: ask her any celebrity questions. >> i love to. >> clayton: merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> clayton: coming up, snow, sleet, freezing wayne. your christmas day forecast at the top of the hour. and brand-new video this morning of our troops celebrating christmas in kabul, afghanistan. we'll take you live there this morning to see how they are enjoying the holidays [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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>> ainsley: good morning to you. it's tuesday, december 25, merry christmas. i'm ainsley earhart. pope benedict xvi delivering a special christmas message this morning at the vatican while
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christians across the world flocked to bethlehem to mark the birth of jesus christ. we're going to go there live to check in on all the different festivities. >> clayton: let it snow, let it rain and let it tornado? extreme weather playing a role of grinch this christmas. why today may be the worst christmas twister outbreak ever recorded. we're tracking those storms moments away. >> clayton: wow. we are taking your christmas celebrations to the extreme. ♪ think you're going baby ♪ hey i just met you ♪ this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me maybe ♪ . >> clayton: cars lined up to watch this. americans lighting up the town and lighting up the country with decorations. we'll show you some of the best displays out there. can you top that one? i don't think so. "fox & friends" begins right now, or hour three, i should say. >> this is brett and this is wade. we're the guys from tank. merry christmas and happy new year. you're watching "fox & friends".
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♪ >> ainsley: merry christmas. what is that exactly? >> clayton: i don't know. >> rick: it sounds good. i love figs and pudding. >> clayton: putting them together. >> ainsley: after a busy night delivering presents, santa claus is in our green room and he's answering your questions this morning. there is santa. merry christmas. send in your e-mails and tweets and santa will answer them in the next half hour. what's the e-mail address, friends at foxnews.com right on the bottom of your screen, so kids can't type yet, tell dad to get on the pure and send us an e-mail. santa will answer them for you. also it's time to reflect on family and faith and as everyone is gathering around opening
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those presents, the pope delivered his christmas message this morning. let's listen in to what the pope had to say about faith and guidance in this new year. >> yes, there is a good earth a. healthy earth. an earth freed of all selfishness and all lack of open ness. in this world there is a good soil which god has prepared, that he might come to among us. a dwelling place for his presence in the world. this good earth exists and today, too, in 2012, from this earth truth has sprung up. consequently, there is hope in the world, a hope in which we can trust, even at the most difficult times and in the most difficult situations. truth has sprung up, bringing kindness, justice, and peace.
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>> ainsley: there has been so much going on. that's a great mental for us here in america as well because we had the shooting at the school and then we had sandy with the hurricane victims. >> clayton: and he also talked about technology, or the speed with which we live our lives and here i was just checking twitter to see what folks were writing and he says slow down a little. >> rick: interesting the pope just got on to twit arrest couple weeks ago and joining the internet revolution. >> clayton: it's a well, right? so -- a balance, right? when you're home, this is something we all need to remember. i struggle with it and i'm sure a lot of people struggle with it. when you're home with friends and family, be present. >> ainsley: how do you -- i would like to ask you this because i have been struggling with this lately. when i get a tweet or facebook message or a text message from my friends and my phone keeps going off, how do you decide when you're going to answer those? do you answer them immediately or wait? >> clayton: it's hard, yes. the thing is if you -- it's like getting a piece of mail you know you've been expecting. if you set it down and deal with it later.
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we all struggle with it. i have the hardest time with it. maybe's a good reflection point. >> rick: be with the person you're with. >> clayton: right. >> ainsley: sounds like a beatle song. >> rick: all right. thousands of people are celebrating this morning at the birth place of jesus christ. joining us live from bethlehem now is leeland vittert, good morning, and merry christmas to you. >> good morning and merry christmas to y'all from where it all began here. manger square in bethlehem, you see the church and the church of the nativity where there are thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to get a look toe grotto where the bible says jesus was born. 2,000 years ago. then midnight mass, standing room only as the latin patriarch came in, declared the beginning of christmas. christmas is a month long celebration, culminates on christmas eve as the palestinian boy scouts march in long the star road.
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that's the road where jerusalem here to bethlehem. they come through, pilgrims from all over the world come to watch this. it's important because really tourism has become the life blood here of this town of bethlehem which pulled itself up by its boom straps with the help of all of these pilgrims because for so long, it was just too dangerous to come here. now the security situation has improved greatly. this is a time of great flux here in bethlehem and people are very worried that with the coming of a possible third intafada, that what they built up could be gone in a flash. back to you in new york. >> clayton: thanks so much. sobering reminder of what's going on there as well. we'll check back with him in a little built speaking of the christmas display, because we showed you a little bit at the top of the show, these holiday light decorations that people go to the extreme. see if you can top this one that's set up in chesapeake, virginia. beautiful part if you've ever
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been down there. the call me maybe light show at the home of the holts. 35,000 lights. let's listen for a second. >> rick: or plug your ears. ♪ call me maybe ♪ it's hard to look right ♪ here's mfume number ♪ so call me maybe ♪ . >> clayton: you tune your car radio to the local small fm station that they've got, a small station being broadcast from the house and you can listen from your car. so many people will line up. >> ainsley: how does that work? >> clayton: see the lights dripping off the top of your screen right there? >> ainsley: yeah. is that someone in the window? [ laughter ] >> rick: suddenly it's halloween. are you fans of this kind of christmas light display? >> ainsley: it's fun to see it in someone else's house. >> clayton: i agree. it's like a fun novelty drive past. i like to go for the understated classic look. >> ainsley: right. >> rick: you put the lights up, but they don't do anything
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computerized. >> clayton: you don't like this one, then, in las vegas, the gangam style? >> rick: let's see. >> clayton: 85,000 lights, over 15,000 feet of power cable, 20 hours to program this. >> ainsley: how do you sleep in the house when this is going on? how do you do anything? >> clayton: you go on vacation. >> rick: if you have any kind of migraines. >> ainsley: this family was in las vegas. they're used to the lights. >> clayton: i look the front lights. >> ainsley: that's hilarious. it's great for like an hour, but i couldn't imagine living like this. >> clayton: here is 65,000 led lights in fountain valley, california. a christmas display there. >> ainsley: what in the world? look at that. >> clayton: you see this danny devito movie, "deck the halls" where they try to compete with one another? >> ainsley: no. >> clayton: looks like danny devito's house in that movie. >> ainsley: that's amazing! >> rick: that's one word for it. >> ainsley: it looks like a
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transformer. >> rick: what about the hyatt extreme christmas light show in fort lauderdale, florida? >> clayton: what. >> ainsley: wow. >> rick: it's a holiday display of mark and kathy hyatt, a landmark in fort lauderdale. i like this. >> clayton: a flat screen television? >> ainsley: the magic of christmas. i think people like this, you just to leave your lights up year round. >> clayton: this is easy for mark and kathy to do this because it's florida. they don't have to worry about the snow while they're trying to hang lights. >> rick: it's so nice and not flashing in your face. >> ainsley: that is kind of cool. >> rick: i like it. >> ainsley: you really would -- one time when went in this house when we were kids and i grandmother askedded guy, what do you do about this throughout the rest of the year? he says, we just leave it up. we turn it on on christmas time. >> clayton: that's like dave briggs, he leaves his christmas lights up all year. this is a special one. injured war veteran putting up lights, his own light show in romulus, michigan. did it himself, by the way. pretty remarkable. in fact, i think he lost a leg
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and he was able to hang up all these lights himself. >> ainsley: that's right. we talked about. climbing the ladder. >> clayton: they called him superman, the neighbors called him superman for doing such a remarkable job. >> rick: i want people to weigh in on this. do you like the flashy led light stuff or the simple, you put up the lights and let it be? send that into us. >> clayton: could i ask a sub question? do you like the colored lights or white lights? >> ainsley: what do you say? >> clayton: i like the white lights. >> ainsley: what do you say? >> rick: on those houses i like a lot of lights, just not flashing. i don't put up lights. >> clayton: we got weather to talk about. last night, people waking up to a white christmas n. char lotsville, virginia, people waking up to a mice chat. in walk -- a nice christmas. a new round of storms expected to bring more snow, rain and rick, even tornadoes to part of the country for travel? >> rick: we have a really kind of a dangerous day for a lot of people today and a nightmare of the next three days, to be
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honest with you. look at the weather maps real quick. very cold air in place. that cold air in place is combining now with moisture that's coming from the gulf. you can see here, a couple things going on. there is a rainy and stormy side to this storm and there is a snowy side to the storm. so to the north end across the panhandle of oklahoma, and in towards -- excuse me, handle of texas, and oklahoma, significant snow. a big threat for tornadoes today. we're talking about a big swath here that could see very large and damaging tornadoes. so if you are in the south from houston eastward to around tuscaloosa and around pen is a clarks be prepared in the morning off to the east and throughout the evening to the east. the storm will move through the mid atlantic and into the northeast and a bull's eye of over a foot of snow for people tomorrow and thursday. so major, major problems for the next couple of days. >> clayton: for perhaps maybe new year's eve? >> rick: there is another storm
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behind this storm. so get ready. about two days later, another storm. it looks like it clears out for new year's eve. >> ainsley: thank you. u.s. troops taking a break from the front lines to celebrate christmas. this is some new video from kabul, afghanistan. the members of the military enjoyed turkey, but many said they missed their favorite meals at home. >> christmas time of year is, i wish i could home with family and friends. it's good. >> ainsley: the hardest part of christmas for many of them, being aware from their young children. the newtown police department getting a rare christmas gift from fellow police officers. the entire newtown police force will get christmas day off. officers from nearby towns will patrol newtown instead. officers have been working around the clock, as you can imagine since the horrific shooting at sandy hook elementary school on december 14. when asked about the show of
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support, a lieutenant from shelton, connecticut, says, quote, it's a police thing. hollywood mourning the loss of two legendary actors this morning. >> i know what your teammates would love a live scrimmage! now let's do it again and do it right! >> ainsley: nine-time emmy no, ma'amy, charles derning, passing away from natural causes overnight. he portrayed every kind of role, from a feisty football coach in "north dallas forty" to the pope, to santa claus. he was a decorated world war ii veteran. he was 89. he was known in the odd couple. jack klugman has died. >> one evening is defrosting the icebox. you ruined another evening with your cleaning! i don't know! >> ainsley: you remember that show? klugman family said he did die
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peacefully at his house in california. jack klugman was 90 years old. his wife was there by his side. he has two sons, also there. >> clayton: thanks so much. coming up next what, are your special christmas traditions? father jonathan morris is sharing his coming up. >> rick: then still haven't finished your christmas shopping? oh, oh don't panic. we've got a last minute gift guide so some of you don't even have to leave your house and you can still finish up your christmas shopping. initiated.
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lines like that that make you remember the true meaning of christmas. so as families are tearing through all the wrapping paper this morning and enjoying the holiday feast, how can we remember the importance of this very special day? >> ainsley: joining us. >> rick: joining us is "god wants you happy," father jonathan morris. tell us about this. i think every year we if through the same thing that the christmas season sneaks up on us. we go to crazy about getting gifts and the food and everything ready and somewhere in that, something hits us and we think, wait. what's this all about? >> i think this year for many people, i know for myself, it snuck up much faster because we were dealing with some pretty big tragedies. at least here in the northeast with sandy, with the newtown, connecticut tragedy that the whole country certainly suffered. then all of a sudden, here we are. and the readings from the scripture that so many churches throughout this country are reading today, i think is what helps us print the context.
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jesus is coming as the prince of peace, but then he's also coming to do his father's will. so he's born a beautiful little baby, but we know where he's destined to go. he's going to be on a cross. and when he says, i have come to do my father's will, it's for us. he's doing it for us. he knows that he is going to be dying on a cross at the hands of his own creatures. your hands and my hand. and the christmas message is certainly about family. it's about giving gifts. it's about joy. but it's also about redemption. it's about us saying, i am willing to start over again. and not only am i willing to start over again, but if i do, there is great hope. not only hope for renewed peace in our lives now, but as christians, we believe also renewed hope for eternal life. and that's why it's such a celebration within the christian community. >> ainsley: a great reminder 'cause there are a lot of people that are celebrating christmas this morning.
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-- things changed in their household. maybe they lost someone they loved or were diagnosed with cancer. so to have that hope message, it's very important. >> what's most inspiring to me in these days is when i get phone calls or e-mails from people, even in my own parish who are home bound and not going to be with my family, who do not have the blessings that so many us have. and who are saying that they are living the christmas message by uniting their own sufferings and their own loneliness to the sufferings of jesus because they have understood what this christmas is all about, what the message is all about. so no matter where you are, no matter what you're doing, christmas is able to be lived, it's able to be lived deeply, and that brings deep and lasting joy. the presents are good, too. >> ainsley: if you do believe in christ what, a celebration in heaven that they're having, birthday party. >> that's right. >> rick: thank you very much for getting up. >> i'm off to my own church.
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>> ainsley: i know off busy day. thanks, good to see you. >> rick: coming up, this adorable dog was thrown out of a moving car and left to die. but he survived and this morning another christmas miracle for little joey. >> ainsley: then attention, procrastinators! you still need to get that gift for your in-laws or girlfriend or boyfriend? the perfect present that you don't even have to leave your house for, it's coming up next. ♪ ♪ with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purche, everday! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great sinesses deserve great rewards!
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>> clayton: welcome back. news by the numbers. in honor of the christmas ed addition, i have a singing tie on that i'm going to play during this news by the numbers. enjoy. first, over 6 billion. that's how many presents santa delivered around the world overneed. norad tracked every present he dropped. next, 212 million. that's how many miles santa travels on christmas delivering presents to every home in the world. that's far. and finally, 12 million. that's how many elves santa needs to pull off that feat each year. his team is 40 times bigger than fed-ex.
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rick? >> rick: i'm going to make that sound go away. >> clayton: it's fantastic. >> rick: i like it. mine is so boring and plain now. it's christmas morning you and still don't have those gifts for your in-laws? don't panic. we have someone with really, really, really last minute gifts is -- gift ideas, young married chic.com, chris schultz. thanks for coming in. >> good morning. merry christmas. >> rick: merry christmas to you. there is a lot of people waking up and thinking, oh, i still haven't done it. >> this is really down to the wire. you're really cutting it close because it is christmas morning. so i've got great ideas for you, easy things that you can kind of pick up now or you can buy and kind of print off and still have something under the tree. we're going to start most drugstores are open today. so you'll be ail to find something. what i've done here is you can see, taken different kits for many and for women, and just put together like some different toiletries. for women, you can do make-up to nail polish and then for the men, this is stuff that every
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guy needs. stuff for shaving. you'll be able to find this, pick it up on your way out. >> rick: when i first think of this that you're going to get may christmas gift at the grocery store, i'm mad. this is actually good. if you gave me that gift, it's pretty cool. >> it's nice stuff that's useful. a lot of the drugstores have higher end brands, that it's easy to pick up something. another idea is birchbox has these monthly gift boxes. it's $10 a month, which is really inexpensive. and even though they won't get this right away, they won't goat it until january, you can print out that you've gotten it for them for a few months and you're good to go. >> rick: there is like bacon of the month club or wine of the month club. >> yeah. they have all kinds of things on-line. another thing you can do on-line is find groups, jetsetter, they have these flash sales. you can buy a gift certificate for one of those sites, and they can do like anything from like a golf trip to a manicure. so maybe if you're getting them
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gift certificates to that, you buy like golf balls and put that under the tree. >> rick: this is amazement you can do gift certificates that you buy on-line and print it off and that's your gift? >> yeah. it's easy. i'm making this easy so easy for you. another unique on-line idea is here you can actually buy airline miles as a gift. >> rick: i knew i could buy them, but not as a gift. >> yes, southwest has $10 to $1,000. you can just get those for somebody who loves to travel. >> rick: i like it. what's another one? >> another one is my no fail plan. bring something sweet because then maybe they'll forget that you're a little late lathe on the christmas gift. so baked goods are always nice. any craft store has different containers. you also might have something around the house and you can just wrap it up, you're good to go and you're safe until next christmas. >> rick: if you bring this, i will think this is a gift and i will not be angry. >> any time you bring dessert, everyone is happy. >> rick: i like it. these are great ideas. who would have thought you could
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still be -- >> for all the procrastinators out there. >> rick: very nice. thank you very much. merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> rick: next on this show, the threat of dangerous weather from coast to coast. we're following what may be a record setting day of christmas tornadoes. we'll have a live report next. you're about to meet the real life santa claus. he's even got the license to prove it
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♪ ♪ ♪ . >> ainsley: hard not to sing to that, right? >> rick: that's good. >> ainsley: good morning, everyone. i'm refraining. >> clayton: my wife and i were singing last night. putting together stuff last night, you know, just stuff. >> ainsley: right. >> clayton: and she was singing and it was a little off key. she's like, i think this thing is off key. i'm like no, honey, i think you're offkey. >> rick: wow. man. fights starting already. >> clayton: that's right. we have fox news shoutouts and folks that make this show happen. behind the scenes here we want to say and there is some photos here. our producer and her lovely family, merry christmas. >> ainsley: she's so nice. then we have our head writer, kelly kramer and her boyfriend. this is pat.
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>> clayton: pat my old director in philadelphia. pat o'neil, great to see you and merry christmas. >> ainsley: pretty tree in the background,. >> rick: meghan mcdropped, she's my field producer autopsy often and her parents: they had a double wedding, her sisters. >> ainsley: no! >> rick: they got married together. the sisters with the new husbands. >> clayton: our line producer, sean and his nephews jack and max. >> ainsley: how cute. they're adorable! and our writer, nicole pagano. there is sean. >> clayton: he called for that shot of himself. >> ainsley: this is nicole and her sister. >> clayton: and senior producer general shay and her husband dennis and their beautiful son jackson. that's a massive tree. >> rick: jackson battles with your son being one of the cutest kids ever. >> clayton: come on jackson, duke it out. >> rick: there will be a fight between those two. and ainsley earhart and her husband, will. your first christmas as a
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married couple. >> ainsley: yes, that's right. >> clayton: that's a same that couple isn't more handsome. >> rick: they live up to form. >> clayton: yes. married up there. >> ainsley: he's much cuter than i am. this is with make-up. >> rick: we've seen you with make-up. >> clayton: not much difference. >> ainsley: merry christmas to everyone. >> clayton: i've never seen santa without make-up. there he is. he's got the rosie cheeks. >> merry christmas. >> ainsley: how are you feeling this morning? >> i'm feeling much better. i think i'm finally starting to wake up. >> clayton: we gave him some egg nog this morning. but he's been answering your e-mails and tweet from kids betweening them in. do you have any -- do you and mrs. santa have any kids? this comes from mike. >> yes, we do. we have three sons. >> rick: any more information about that? >> clayton: he doesn't want people bugging him. >> ainsley: do they help in the
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workshop? >> yes, they do. each has a special job to do because when i'm out visiting and seeing all the boys and girls, i had them back up at the north pole to make sure everything is running smoothly. >> ainsley: who do you love more, those kids or all the ones around the world, santa? >> i love everyone. >> ainsley: good answer. >> clayton: which of your three kids do you love the most? [ laughter ] >> rick: we got a tweet from lynn and she wants to know what, is your favorite gift to give? >> my favorite gift to give is i believe the ipads. anything that makes them happy when they're so good, i want to fulfill the list as much as i can. >> ainsley: this is a tweet from michelle. she says, santa, what do you and mrs. claus and the lady reindeers do while you're out delivering presents? >> well, mrs. claus is back there and making sure that everything is getting cleaned up at the workshop because once christmas is over, then we're
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going to be heading out for vacation a little bit. need a little down time. so she's up there using the clorox disinfectant wipes so we can get everything done so we don't have to worry about any of that and then i can just leave on vacation. >> rick: where does santa claus vacation? >> mountains, sometimes you'll find me down at the ocean. you never know. but you won't see me in my suit, so it's always good to be good. >> clayton: you never know when santa will be down there in the bathing suit pool side. >> rick: can you imagine how cool that would be? >> clayton: yeah. santa claus, we'll check back with you lady. if you have any questions for santa claus, e-mail or find us on twitter. >> ainsley: and santa, did you know you have some competition? there is some people that want to be you, so they changed their name to chris cringle and santa claus. how do you feel about that? >> sometimes i do need helpers. so that's fine if they like to help me out.
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but i am santa claus. >> clayton: that's right. >> ainsley: you are the original. >> clayton: like batman. but there is 15 individuals this morning that have legally changed their name on their licenses, they now have santa claus or kr irk s kringle. >> rick: anything that you've got your name on is actually going to say santa claus or kris kringle. >> clayton: that's so bizarre. i guess if that's part of your job, you go out and want to dress up as santa or get your -- >> ainsley: nothing surprises me anymore. really, does that surprise that you there may be 15 people in this world that want that name? >> rick: some get pointy ears to look like spock? >> ainsley: exactly. >> clayton: now it makes sense. >> rick: i think santa claus might be kind of a nicer version of that. >> clayton: it's true. earlier we were talking about some medical attributes of mistletoe. more information for you this morning because it turns out mistletoe is not just for standing underneath at a christmas party and kissing your
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co-worker or whatever. [ laughter ] >> ainsley: do you do that often? >> clayton: whatever it is. at the christmas party. bound to happen, right? it turns out there is medicinal benefits of mistletoe. someone wrote us on twitter, jake wrote us and said be careful, it's the extract of mistletoe. >> ainsley: just like go up and eat the plant. >> clayton: we were all joking, you don't go to the forest and start nibbling on mistletoe. so you have to go the extract out for it to be safe. >> ainsley: let me tell what you it treats. epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopause symptoms, certain types of cancer. the extract enhances the immune function which produces more immune cells. >> rick: they think is -- they've been using this for careers and years, back to the druids, which had to go back to the 1300 years before christ. they've been using this in some form to heal different kinds of ailments.
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>> clayton: that's how -- >> rick: i didn't think druids actually were -- >> clayton: that's how the druids were able to set up stonehenge, 'cause all the mistletoe, otherwise it would give them arthritis. e-mail us this morning any of your christmas photos. we also want to see white christmas photos. did you get any yet? >> i haven't looked. >> ainsley: you know what mistletoe reminds me of? >> rick: send your excite christmas pictures. there is a lot of people who have pretty good snow. >> ainsley: we're gog move to headlines, but if that's their cure all, what was your cure all growing up? remember you cut yourself, mom said cut off an allow plant. >> clayton: coke syrup. i tried that this summer, didn't work. >> ainsley: now the headlines, police are searching for more victims from seven homes that burned down in an attack on firefighters in the upstate area of new york.
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>> the alarm sounds, it could be you, it could be me. >> ainsley: emotional vigil held last night in webster forks two volunteer firefighters that were killed when they responded to that fire. it was set by a convicted killer who opened fire on them. two other firefighters were also injured. 62-year-old william stegler then killed himself. here is his picture. he spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death back in 1980. he was living with his sister who was still unaccounted for this morning. no word yet on a motive for the attack. marine veteran spending christmas with his family after enduring four months behind bars in mexico. fox news was there as you probably know, when jon hammmar and his dad arrived back home in florida. >> it's something spectacular. you guys have really made it happen and he's used you and we're really grateful. >> this is great right now. i'm glad to be talking to you about that it's over with. >> ainsley: back in august,
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hammar was locked up on a weapons charge. he tried to legally bring an antique gun across the border. it was clear to do travel with him on the u.s. side. but when he reached mexico, he was detained. a christmas eve shock for some texas families. a plane literal hee crashing in their backyard. >> sounded like thunder. >> thunder times 1,000. >> the house kind of shakes a little. >> bang. >> ainsley: the plane just took off from an airport near san antonio when it started having mechanical problems. the pilot tried to land, lost control. crashes into these two back yards where kids had just finished playing. >> just before that, they were climbing on this fence right here. >> we got very lucky. went right through the fence. we had that shed that slowed it down or i think it would have gone further. >> ainsley: amazingly, the pilot and his passenger were not injured. the neighbors were told it will take almost a week to clean up that mess. some brand-new video of the queen of englandrriving at saint mary magdalene church for her christmas mass. there she is.
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earlier she rocked out in some new shades as she watched a preview of her first ever 3 d christmas message. the glasses adorned with crystals and they formed the letter q on one side. in the mental, the queen paid tribute to the athletes in london's olympic and paraolympic games. >> rick: the threat of a dangerous weather system from coast to coast, we're following what today might be a record setting day of christmas tornadoes. we'll have a live report on that next. >> ainsley: then adorable dog was thrown out of a moving car and left to die. but he survived. this morning another christmas miracle for this little guy, little joey. >> clayton: you're from down south. >> ainsley: what's a snow blower? >> clayton: fancy machine they've got going there. >> ainsley: i'm not alone in this, right
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>> rick: major winter storm hitting parts of the plains and oklahoma city, one of the cities that's going to get a lot of snow, people there are braying for this dangerous mix of rain and sleet, maybe up to six inches of snow. joining us live from oklahoma city is reporter from kokh, pri
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sila. what are things looking like right now? >> good morning, rick. it is cold. it is icy and it is windy here in oklahoma city. we saw some snow and some sleet earlier, but none of that is sticking to the ground just yet. as i'm shoveling my feet here, we're getting a lots of ice and it's kept the oklahoma department of transportation as well as the city of oklahoma city real busy this morning. we're standing in front of a sand barn where we saw several trucks load up on sand earlier. i'm told that statewide the oklahoma department of transportation has about 550 trucks sanding the roads all across the state right now and i'm also told in the oklahoma city metro alone, there are roughly 1,000 road maintenance crews (inaudible). >> rick: thank you. i think we're losing your audio. a dangerous thing. you're getting icing on the roads and you'll get snow
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afterwards and potentially that snow falling on top of ice, a very dangerous situation across areas of oklahoma. we'll continue to track that throughout the day. right now let's send it over to clayton. >> clayton: you know our next four legged friend very well. he was three months old when he was found on the side of the road after being brutally tossed out of a moving vehicle. today he's doing better than ever, we're proud to say. full of life and more importantly, he has a new home for christmas. joining us from a healing haven animal fund is joey's mom, dr. linda lowden and joey the dog himself. nice to see you this morning. >> nice to see you. >> clayton: so we say that many people probably know joey and certainly if they watch our show, they've seen him. but i'm sure a lot of folks don't know his story. can you take us back to the beginning and how this unfolded? >> yeah. joey was thrown from a car in a plastic bag and a good samaritan heard his cries and stopped her car, thank goodness, opened the bag and found a little puppy. he was about four months old at
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the time. he was brought to the facility where i worked at the time with a broken neck. he was in severe shock. he had wounds all over him and was in severe pain. >> clayton: he had bite marks, which led you to believe that what? he was -- >> ainsley: probably. >> probably a bait dog, which means they use them outran the other fighters to get a taste of blood. he definitely came from an abused background. so that wasn't his first instance of abuse for sure. >> clayton: we have a positive message today on christmas. because now he has a home, he's living with you now? >> yeah, yeah. i couldn't let him go. we've been through so much together and it was such a wonderful story, i fell in love with him and he with us and so he stayed. >> clayton: take me to the recovery process. that had to be incredible. as a doctor, you're looking at this animal and thinking, what sort of a chance for life did you give him when you saw him?
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>> you know, i really -- one, i didn't know he would make it through the initial shock. and i said all right. let's give him a chance and see how this goes. but then he was paralyzed in all four limbs. so i didn't think he would walk again, at least not walk normally. we want to do give him that chance to see what would happen. and it's really miraculous the way he's recovered. he's running like a normal dog. >> clayton: really? >> yeah, yeah. it's crazy. and it's wonderful. >> clayton: take me through some of the recovery process. when you did the surgeries, walk me through all of that and how he's been able to come out of it. >> well, he actually didn't need surgery, which was really surprising. >> clayton: really? >> yeah. we did physical therapy. he had a cast on his neck to keep it stabilized. and treated him for the pain and for shock and just kept him immobile and once it was healed enough, then we started physical therapy. >> clayton: the suffolk county spca is offer ago $27,000 reward
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for any information that could lead to the arrest of these individuals. how is that investigation going? any word? >> i haven't heard any word. i know they're still on the case. they're taking it very seriously. they really want to catch these guys. so i know they're work really hard to do that. >> clayton: this is part of a broader message about animal abuse in this country. it's not just about joey, but this goes on all over the country. what message do you have for the individuals who want to help? >> your local spca, a spca are out there to help you. and also your local shelters and organizations like mine, healing haven are there to help stray animals who are injured who need a lot of medical care. >> clayton: specifically to help doctor with her cause and help other animals, if you would like to donate on this christmas, go to healing d havenanimalfund.org. just give a few dollars to help a few animals in desperate need.
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merry christmas. he didn't like the santa hat. >> no, he didn't. >> clayton: merry christmas to you. >> thank you, you as well. >> ainsley: he knew his name, though. coming up, does your christmas dinner end in some kind of a family squabble? you're not alone if that's the case. we've got the key to make it peaceful. and then still need that perfect appetizer? look no further. chef grace scott is here with an easy and inexpensive treat. ♪ the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more flash. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more taters. that's where tots come from.
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>> ainsley: it's christmas morning, as you know. if you're looking for something very special at your dinner tonight, we have the perfect ordeserve to impress everyone. here is the secret, it might look difficult to make, but it's very easy, according to our chef, great scott. good morning. merry christmas. >> good morning, merry christmas. this is really easy. i'm making grov locks. swedish. the only difference between these and smoked salmon is that it's not salmon. but they're both cured in salt and different aromats.
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salt, sugar, dill, lemon zest, orange zest, fennel seed. i put a plastic on a plate and put my salt sugar mixture. i put my samen and take the plastic -- >> ainsley: i was wondering why did you that. >> normally when people do that, they use way too much salt and sugar. we just want a coater. here i cover this. this cures for 48 hours. we turn it. now that will start to extract the -- >> ainsley: you put it on the side with the skin? >> we're going to turn it, so it doesn't matter. >> ainsley: i got you. >> all the liquid will come down. >> ainsley: how long? >> 48 hours. but every six to 12 hours, we turn it. >> ainsley: got you. >> so it's kind of covered. >> ainsley: if you haven't made it this morning, you have to wait 48 hours. serve it in a few days. if you vac it, it's cryovacked, and you can freeze it.
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it can stay indefinitely. so here we have a little done. we have dill cured. did you try a little? >> of course i will. i love this. i'm hoping for the smoked taste, but i'm not going to get that. >> you're not. then we can turf this in a great horsdeuerve. a little lemon juice. >> ainsley: it's great without the smoke flavor. this is green, a little -- cream? >> citrus. same ingredients you would use. >> ainsley: this you're going to drizzle over it? >> as an appetizer, we're going to drizzle it around. >> ainsley: so you serve it over thinly sliced cucumbers. >> this is my -- >> ainsley: it makes it pretty. >> cucumbers catch all the flavor of the salmon. >> ainsley: you know what i love about this? healthy. because growing up in the south around the kitchen table, a lot of things were full of cheese and casseroles and this is very
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healthy. >> ainsley: and great for new year's as well. it's great for the holiday season. we could do this on a crispy bag get, toast point. >> ainsley: wonderful. thank you so much. >> my pleasure. you just opened your restaurant? >> i just took over an iconic location called the old wick general store. sandy and steve roth, the folks i bought it from, had it for over 30 years. i'm so excited. >> ainsley: i love to hear that. >> you got to all come on. >> ainsley: it's been in the community for ages and you bought it. >> the building is from 1780. >> ainsley: wow. how is it going? >> it's going great. three weeks. today is my only day off and i come to visit you guys. >> ainsley: you'll be on later. >> i'll be on later to do a great ricotta cheesecake, very easy. >> ainsley: what's your favorite christmas tradition? your e-mails are pouring in and we'll be reading some at the top
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>> ainsley: good morning to you. it is december 25, tuesday morning. merry christmas to you. i'm ainsley earhart. pope benedict xvi delivering a special christmas message this morning at the vatican, while christians across the world flock to bethlehem to mark the birth of jesus christ. we'll go live there to check in on that. >> rick: the men and women who fight for our freedom are celebrating. on the other side of the world, we will take you to kabul, afghanistan. >> clayton: and does injure christmas dinner end in some kind of family squabble, maybe like clark griswold, don't do that, put that down, get over here? all of that. we've got the keys to make some peace on this christmas. "fox & friends" hour 4 starts right now.
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>> i want to send my best out to all our troops for a happy holiday. you're watching "fox & friends." >> merry christmas. after a very busy night delivering presents, santa claus came here. in our greenroom and answering your questions. keep sending in the e-mails and tweets. merry christmas santa. santa will answer your tweets coming up in the next half hour. >> merry christmas everyone. thanks for waking up with us on this christmas morning. the pope delivering his christmas message this morning. let's listen in. a lot of relevant things as we look toward the end of
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2013. listen to the pope's christmas message this morning. >> yes there is a good earth, a healthy earth. a earth freed of all selfishness and lack of openness. in this world there is a good soil which god has prepared that he might come to dwell among us. a dwelling place for his presence in the world. this good earth exists and today too, in 2012, from this earth, truth has sprung off of it. consequently, there is hope in the world, a hope which we can trust even at the most difficult times and in the most difficult situations. truth has sprung upbringing kindness, justice and peace. >> he also went on to say that we should take a moment to slow down a little bit with all of our fast-paced lives in 2013, slow down remember what is important. >> good message.
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>> seems like every year it gets more and more fast and we should hear that every time. >> things to keep up with constantly too. >> i never want this day to end. you wait all year and so excited about christmas day and it is finally here. we go back. there so much joy this one day. we're all americans. >> back to the store tomorrow. >> it is, i know. >> about the second week in january where all the love you're feeling for everyone. >> let's keep it going here. at least through tax day. >> that is your new year's resolution. >> thank you for that. >> sure. >> house thousands of people are celebrating this morning at birthplace of jesus christ. joining us from bethlehem is leland vittert. good morning. leland. >> reporter: good morning. merry christmas. afternoon in bethlehem. if you look at mapger square, pilgrims from all over the world are streaming in. the christmas tree in manger square. back behind is the church of
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the nativity where the pilgrims make their way in and down into the grotto where it says jesus was born more than 2000 years ago. last night christmas eve mass inside the church. it is a magical experience. standing room only as well as thousands packed in to listen to the message of the latin patriarch who talked about peace and blessings this christmas season, declared the birth of jesus and earlier took a bit of a political bend as he started talking about this is not only celebrating the birth of jesus and the birth of a palestinian state at the united nations. that is a feeling we've gotten here, a very different feeling in the west bank and chris mas past. the palestinian boy scouts led the procession along the star road from jerusalem to bethlehem. thousands of pilgrims out there to listen to watch. it is truly a magical experience. many americans say it is very different christmas here, much more spiritual, about their faith and
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connecting with jesus and things actually in the bible rather than presents and santa, that we celebrate back in the united states. back to you guys. >> good message. >> thank you, leland. good to see you this morning. merry christmas. some americans are waking up to white christmas. this is in charlottesville, virginia. those in milwaukee are digging out from last year's snowstorm. a new round of storm or storms expected to bring even more snow, rain and even tornados to to some parts of the country, creating a travel nightmare for millions of americans. i have it here, rick. 130 flights canceled. nearly 4,000 flights delayed. that was christmas eve. >> someone woke wake up in shar losses vil he had to -- charlottesville, had to jump out of bed. >> there was snow in charlottesville. there wasn't a whole lot. my guess that picture came in from a little bit up in some of the higher elevations right around there. take a look at some
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pictures. we asked for your pictures to be sent in for your white christmas. look at picture from green vil maine this picture from the fire captain in pennsylvania. more snow is coming that way. look at weather maps right now. a very big system. we have ice and snow across the panhandle of texas and into oklahoma and kansas. a big concern where the yellow box and redbox. that is new tornado watch in effect until 1:00 p.m. local time. we're looking at what could be a historic tornado event across parts of the south. you don't want to hear that about christmas and everybody going home thinking about christmas celebration. be careful and have a plan to get yourself in the safe area. this storm will pull tomorrow and thursday across areas of the northeast. a lot of areas getting dumped on with snow. your trip home tomorrow and
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day after will be very, very problematic. there is another storm behind this that will cause more problems by saturday and sunday a really active weather pattern. for the most part we got people to their destinations all right. getting home i think unfortunately might another story. >> that is so frustrating. you can't do anything. just at a loss and you want to cry. >> but you're with your family. >> some people are not. cancellations. rick: stuck in the airport. >> people want to get home for christmas. >> they can't do typical odd christmas traditions. everyone has something weird they do in their house that other people don't relate to. rick: right. >> this is fascinating there are odd christmas traditions around the world maybe here in the united states might not be aware of. for instance, if you go to japan, this is fascinating. people love their kfc so much in japan it is their christmas tradition, it is so popular they have to get reservations to go there and
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eat and have to book them weeks in advance to eat at kfc. rick: fly to the u.s. and you can get in without a reservation. >> right. good point. i do like the kfc. >> what is going on in early land. late ton? >> irish kids leave out mince rick: in the vepz venz people in can rock cast, -- roller state to church. clayton: that's fun. we asked for your bizarre christmas traditions. e-mail from fernando. i was born in the colombia, south america. the tradition is baby jesus puts unwrapped gifts around your bed. trip over the presents. rick: very quiet when he puts those gifts.
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clayton: he would have to be. rick: in germany, children put their shoes outside with hay and carrots for the reindeer. >> that is sweet. really cute. a girl who works here telling me her kindergarten class for her little child the teacher put baggies for the children to take home. had dry oatmeal and glitter. put it in the front yard so the reindeer can eat that while santa is inside. so the glitter they can see from the sky. rick: they know where to go clayton: anita writes us. because my husband has so much trouble getting up in the morning we open sock gifts. that will get him up. e-mail us your thoughts on odd christmas traditions. >> these are neat traditions a lot of family feuds happen around the christmas table. there was a survey done. the four top reasons you get arguments around the christmastime. flying across the country to
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visit your family, your husband, your wife, might think, hey, that is way too expensive and this can cause a fight. clayton: money is the reason number one. they broke it down by category. money is the reason they get in fight but different reasons. >> first one is flying, that is expensive. flying across the country. rick: you have to spend too much money on gifts for kids, colleagues and cousins. people have to buy a gift for your colleagues. that can cost a lot of money. that can add up. clayton: this is funny. you never know if that one person will get you a gift. where do you draw the line with the gifts? rick: i think you and i had that happen this year. clayton: no. >> stash of gifts. playing cards in your office. clayton: what did i do last year? did i get him a bottle of wine? i can't remember. i blame it on being a guy. does that count? >> the worst is you do have a gift and don't have it with you. they think you're only
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getting one the next day because they got you one. rick: people say they're spending too much money on parties. you go to a party to bring a gift to the house. >> sometimes around christmastime you pay to go to party and you have to buy a ticket and $150 and $100. it adds adds up. rick: i don't go to those. clayton: you should have asked me before buying that they say. we were supposed to have a budget. you should have asked me before buying that. >> that is great about being single. you don't get in the fights. spend your money how you want to clayton: e-mail your thoughts. we'll read some of those. >> for the rest of the headlines. u.s. troops take a break from front lines to celebrate christmas. this is new video out of kabul, afghanistan. members of the military enjoyed turkey but many said they missed their favorite meal at home. >> everyone gets together and shares good food and laughter. just a good time of year
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>> hardest part, being away from young children. entire newtown force will get christmas day off. officers from nearby towns will be on patrol instead to give them a break. police in newtown have been working around the clock since that horrific shooting at sandy hook elementary school on december 14th. when asked about it, a policeman from shelton connecticut, said, it is a police thing. president george h.w. bush will be in the hospital. the 41st president developed a fever and weakness. bush, senior has been in the hospital since november 23rd for a bronchitis related cough. they say they are still optimistic he will make a
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full recovery. hollywood mourning lows of two legendary actors. >> teammates love a live scrimmage. do it again and do it right. >> nine-time emmy nominee and two time oscar nominee, charles durning known as king of character actors, passing away from natural causes. he portrayed every role from a feisty football coach in north dallas 40, from a pope to a santa claus. durning a decorated world war ii veteran awarded with the silver star and three purple hearts. he was 89 years old. he was loved by millions as the messy oscar madison in the tv show, the odd couple. actor jack klugman has died. >> fun evening is defrosting the ice box. now you ruined another evening with your tidying and your cleaning and your fussying. >> are you finished? >> i don't know. >> klugman's family said he did go peacefully in his home in california. he was 90 years old.
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those are your headlines. rick: one of my favorite shows. as the gun control debate rages across the country a newspaper prints names and addresses of every single gun owner in two counties. is that fair? why did they do it? we report, you decide. this marine didn't think he could come home to christmas. her story is coming up next. to the best vacation spot on earth.
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clunder, based in california didn't have the money to go home. her little child. you can hear him in the background. until operation ride home gave her and her family the greatest christmas gift of all. a free trip back to the big apple. here is the beautiful family., her husband, sergeant antonio clinder and their 21-month-old son. merry christmas to you. what a wonderful treat. tell me how this all happened. >> one day at work i get a piece of paper across my desk and basically it's like, it was like basically fill it out and see if you can get a chance to win. free ticket back home. i wasn't planning to go home. so next thing you know, i fill it out and then a day later or two i get a phone call. they said i got a free ticket. ainsley: that is wonderful. your son is messing with it. is that clayton's or yours? >> he loves it.
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ainsley: they love that noise. you hadn't been home how many years? >> for christmas two years. ainsley: both of you from new york? >> i'm from michigan. ainsley: what are your thoughts? what did she say? >> she called me. i thought she was joking. ainsley: what did see say? >> i got free tickets back home. i'm serious. right. ainsley: were you able to get off work? >> yes. i was able to go. ainsley: they flew all three of you home, had to sit on your lap? >> yes. ainsley: who sponsors the event? where did the money come from? >> i got the phone call from george armed forces ymca. but it was jack daniels. they did this for you. i'm very thankful. ainsley: what does this mean to you? >> means a lot. get to spend christmas with my family. gets deployed this next year and following year. it will be a year so we can be a family together for christmas. ainsley: you were originally going to be deployed together? >> yes. we were. ainsley: what is happening here.
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>> he goes first and i stay back. ainsley: do they normally do that when you have a child? >> it depends on the command. they did it for better for the family. ainsley: how does that work? you're stationed at same base, right? >> yes. ainsley: as long as you're a family unit. >> they try to keep us together. it is not guaranteed but they tried. ainsley: do you know anything where you're going to be deployed? >> no. leaving in april and trying to get back to the family. ainsley: this is extra special for you? >> yes. ainsley: what was it like when you landed here in new york? >> i couldn't wait to spend time with the family. very rare we get to see them in christmas. ainsley: thank you for the service you give our country. you sacrifice so much. when do you land? >> on the 20th. ainsley: how long do you stay here. >> saturday. ainsley: what do you have on the books, planned. >> today go ice skating. ainsley: doing it in central park or rock teller center. because of the train. ainsley: the train is right there.
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what do you do? >> whatever. spend time to family. ainsley: did they meet you at airport with signs. >> very excited. ainsley: did you celebrate last night and what about santa? can i hold him? you're so cute. so well-dressed. my goodness you're own tv. don't cry when i hold you. you want to sit here? you want to sit by your daddy? he is so cute. grandparents so excited to see him? >> yes. ainsley: how long has it been since they have seen him? >> they just met him a few months ago, like a couple days. ainsley: what is his personality? >> he likes to play around. >> very, very, runs around. very excited. ainsley: all boy? >> all boy. ainsley: my parents had two girls. everything was fine. then they have the son and they have to put safety locks on all cabinets. >> yes. owe does that. runs around opens up everything. ainsley: you're into everything all boy. thanks so much for serving our country.
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clayton: news by the numbers, christmas edition. here it is. 48%, that is how many kids hope to wake up to an ipad from santa this morning underneath their tree. i'm answering your tech questions about them at clayton morris on twitter. so people writing about the ipads they just got.
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next up, 137 million, that is how many gallons of milk santa drank last night. delivering gifts to homes around the world. 4 million gallons of milk every hour. finally 38 million. that is how many calories santa ate last night all from the cookies you left out, the peanut butter blossoms. rick: man, he must be full. some people are busy trying to erase christmas from our culture. one church in the south is keeping christmas alive of, literally, with people singing fromits branches. fox news radio's todd starnes has more. bellview baptist church here in memphis has the reputation for doing big things. they have three big crosses. they have a big bible verse. they have a big congregation. and they have a really big christmas tree. ♪ . >> it is 44 feet tall, over
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100,000 lights, all driven by a computer program. >> reporter: the singing christmas tree is a mid south holiday tradition. it has been around since 1976. a cast of more than 400 people and many not even old enough to drive. >> i think it is pretty amazing that just this church and how we have the opportunity to do something as big as this, pretty cool. >> reporter: okay. i am in the big tree. it was sort of like climbing the matterhorn to get up here. i'm only about 20 feet high. that is about halfway up the sides of this gigantic singing christmas tree. now during the performance they will have 150 teenagers stuffed in here. right now, i feel like a giant chirl. to be perfectly honest i'm feeling sparkly. the singing christmas tree is a year-round venture. hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes, creating a 1920s version of new york
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city that would envy broadway. >> people still enjoy good programs. good family values. good moral values something they can take their family to. >> reporter: this is not your old school church production, bathrobes and construction paper snowflakes. >> no, no. this is a huge production. it is all very contemporary. all different kinds of music and costumes and makeup and lights. ♪ . >> reporter: even though the singing christmas tree is broadway quality there is one major difference. >> we hope people will see a great show but as we talk about all during rehearsals it is not a show for a show sake. it is about telling people the good news of jesus christ and that they would be different, if they come and remember the name of bellview or remember the name of a cast member, then we've missed it. but if they remember the
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name of jesus christ and accept him into their life and let him change their life, families will be different, lives will be different, and that is our real hope. >> reporter: for "fox and friends", i'm todd starnes. rick: wow, that is impressive performance. ainsley: singing christmas tree. clayton: santa relaxing in the greenroom. will answer your e-mails and tweets. rick: best christmas movies ever revealed. what is yours? it's a wonderful life? what about "a christmas story". >> are you going to cry now? come on, crybaby cry for me. cry!. >> deep in the recesses of my brain a teeny any red hot little flame began to grow okay, here's the plan.
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christmas and a happy new year ♪. clayton: your shot of the morning. check us getting elfed with jibjab. i love the nickkers. are those called nickkers. rick: under my short pants. ainsley: you are great as a dancer. clayton: these are great workout moves. ainsley: i wish we could do the moves. i always wanted to dance. clayton: go to jibjab.com. up load the photo and they take care of the rest. ainsley: those are so cute and never get old. rick: we've been showing pictures this morning of our "fox and friends" crew. all the people who do so much work to make this show happen. it is so great we show the pictures. this is from production assistant kristin abrams and her brother keith and sister. they are triplets. clayton: heather nauert and son gauge. ainsley: good morning, heather.
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where is gauge? gauge is hide. clayton: lindsey oliver. she is here in our greenroom. ainsley: she is awesome. we love you lindsey. rick: segment producer sam lamarca her dad and step mom. e-mailing from snowy onieda, new york. clayton: production assistant sally. that is beautiful table. gorgeous. rick: thanks for the invite. schrait that is well-exposed photo. that is unexposed photo. rick mike muth. rick: you can tell how young people are. see the girl in the red, little jumpsuit there. i'm in her lap. that is my sister cheryl. i'm in her lap. clayton:. this is what, 18957? rick: my very first christmas. 1969. those five in the front are us kids and then it is my cousins in the background.
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i don't know why the cousins are in the back but. clayton: you're as old as the moon landing. rick: isn't that amazing? i seemed so young back in the day. you see the pictures and realize you're from a different generation. these are my parents. clayton: merry christmas. rick: merry christmas, mom and dad. i will be home late. aren't they a good-looking couple? i hope i look like my dad. ainsley: we love your son here. i met them before. they are such a nice couple. clayton: this is gretchen's kids. this is christian and kaya i don't know if this is christmas morning. i can't tell. ainsley: he is dressed like a roman soldier. clayton: this is christmas eve pageant. rick: looks like church there. ainsley: aren't they pretty? clayton: thank you, gretchen for sending that in. merry christmas. brian kilmeade and dogs this morning. ainsley: how cute. rick: i hope that is not a heavy gift. ainsley: right.
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clayton: merry christmas to the kilmeades. rick: senior producer meagan. she is pricing the show. nephews, liam and luke. meagan, are you in there? can we show you? she says no. clayton: does not want a shot in the booth. they hate cameras yet they work in television. ainsley: you're great executive producer lauren peterson, her nieces morgan and jenna. how pretty. clayton: lauren and her wonderful family as well. michael tomero from fox light. spending his christmas however. rick: yeah. clayton: he is watching "fox and friends" on his plane in the vacation. ainsley: that is awesome. rick: can't figure out what we're doing. ainsley: clayton is scratching his neck. clayton: got a rash. rick: thanks a lot. ainsley: thanks for everything you do for us. get this, travel safely. clayton: thanks, michael. we want to check in with
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santa. he has been here all morning long after the long night of delivering gifts to all the sweet little boys and girls and how are you holding up this morning, santa? >> i'm doing very well. but i'm ready for that rest. clayton: you have 30 minutes left of our show answering e-mails and tweets from viewers around the country and around the world. steve wants to know, he tweeted, what is the top speed for your sleigh? get up to what mach-1, mach-2? >> probably a mach-2, 3. i'm moving pretty quick. those reindeer are fast. to all the houses. rick: an e-mail from tom. does mrs. claus go with you on the sleigh or help you with the toys? >> mrs. klaus has gone a couple of times. she is very helpful. she is just wonderful and even back at the workshop. ainsley: santa, greg from michigan wants to know where are your reindeer and where is your sleigh parked while sitting there in the greenroom? >> right now it is not here
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because so many people and so many cars and we know how the rain deer are. they just like to run around and play. i'm not out there to watch them. they will come back a little later to pick me up. clayton: we have another question from megyn. she writes us this morning, she wants to know what santa does rest of the year when christmas is done? >> i will take a little bit of a vacation. believe it or not i do get some letters early. sometimes in june or july. so the elves start working on those that come up early to the north pole. ainsley: santa, there are a lot of kids watching this morning. when do you start making those naughty and nice lists? >> oh, that starts right in january, all over again. being naughty and nice doesn't just mean at christmastime. it is all year long that we're watching. clayton: that means you have one week between now and january 1st before the naughty and nice list starts. rick saw the opening and loophole in your fiscal cliff.
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ainsley: always thinking, santa. clayton: thanks so much. we'll check back later. merry christmas. >> merry chris mag -- christmas, everyone. clayton: last minute traditions, getting eggnog ready, hanging out with the family and we want to find out what your favorite christmas movies and watching christmas eve and christmas day. marist put together a poll of top christmas movies of all time. drum roll. here is the number one christmas movie of all time according to you who voted. it is, roll it. [laughter] >> like snowball's family. ♪ . >> listen, jerk. when i tell you to come, you better come. >> what, are you going to cry now? come on cry, baby cry, cry
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for me. come on, cry. >> deep from the recesses of my brian a tiny red hot little flame began to grow. clayton: seems like a really mean movie. it looks horrible. rick: it's not. it is very, very funny. 1983 "a christmas story", was number one on the list. and number two on the list, not too far behind but a little bit behind is, this movie. it's a wonderful life. >> hey george. george. you all right? hey, what is the matter? >> get out of her, burt, i hit you again. >> what in the sam hill are you yelling for, george? george? >> burt, do you know me? >> know you? are you kidding. i've been looking all over town trying to find you. i saw your car plowed into the tree there and thought maybe, your mouth is bleeding. are you sure you're all right? >> what -- [laughter]
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my mouth's bleeding, burt. clayton: we found out yesterday, ""it's a wonderful life"" they shout in the middle of summer and fire extinguisher foam and sugar and something else. unidentified chemical. other one on the list is third one, miracle on 34th street. take a look. >> what do you mean by drinking? you know it is not allowed. >> a man has to do something to keep warm. >> i warm you. i ought to take this cain -- >> judy, get black coffee. >> black with a little cream. wake me up when the parade starts. "jingle bells". "jingle bells", jingle all the way. ♪ . >> absolutely shameful. >> could you be santa claus?
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have you had any experience? >> oh, a little. ainsley: i love that movie. 16% of the americans voted on that one. that was "miracle on 34th street". clayton: what are some of yours? rick: christmas vacation. i was helping dad outside with the christmas lights around that time when movie came out. i could relate to the dad obsessed with making sure every light was out. would be there well into evening missing dinner. when mom yelling him to come inside. that movie sticks out. what about you guys? rick: i forgot about this one, "home alone". why isn't that on there? that's a good one. why is it? clayton: tweets about die-hard. what about that movie? it takes place during christmas. ainsley: charlie brown christmas. the rudolph one. love frosty.
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clayton: "love actually". ainsley: i love that one great soundtrack. rick: one of my least all-time favorite movies. ainsley: from phil. "christmas in connecticut", the 1945 version with barbara stanwyck. did you see that one? clayton: i haven't. emmett is on my side with national lampoon's christmas vacation. rick: you guys talk amongst yourselves. the best movie is "a christmas carol". the one with george c. scott playing scrooge. clayton: reminds me of "scrooged". the bill murray movie. "elf" and the santa claus with tim allen. we love "elf". ainsley: now to headlines. police are searching for
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more victims from seven houses that burn down from an attack on firefighters in upstate new york. >> everybody here, when that alarm sounds, they all go. could be you. ainsley: an emotional vigil held last night in webster for two volunteer firefighters that were killed when responding to a fire. it was set by a convicted killer who opened fire on them. and two other firefighters were injured. 62-year-old women spengler killed himself. he spent 17 years in prison beating his grandmother to death in 1980. he was living with his sister who is still unaccounted for this morning. no word yet on a motive for this attack. a marine veteran spending christmas with his family after enduringing four months behind bars in mexico. fox news was there when jon hammar and his dad arrived back home in florida. >> turned this christmas into something spectacular. you guys have really made it happen. you and we're really grateful.
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>> this is great right now. i'm glad to be talking to you about that it's over with. ainsley: back in august, jon hammar, i think i said joe, jon hammar was locked up on a weapons charge. he tried to bring an illegal antique gun across the border. it was cleared on the u.s. side. when he reached the mexico border he was retained in mexico. a new york newspaper is drawing outrage for publishing names and addresses for people with gun permits. hundreds of residents were shocked when listed by the journal news. one outraged resident said should be done for sex offenders not law-abiding gun owners. the newspaper says the information was obtained through public records and defends its publishing. a british doctor save ad man's life with a shot of alcohol. the man had a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. after regular treatment failed, the doctors injected pure ethanol in the man's
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heart. the procedure has been only done a handful of times in england and it worked. it killed off the heart muscle that was causing the problem and the patient was out of the hospital in three days. clayton: see awesome video we can't get enough of. this cop jumped into freezing water to save a woman from drowning. he saved the day but in trouble with his wife. you have to hear this one. clayton: great scott, should you achieve he is appetizers. moving on to dessert. don't miss it when we come back. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelful? the carful? how about...by the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's.
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clayton: welcome back. quick headlines for you. texas congressman ralph hall making christmas on christmas day. the republican is the oldest member ever in the house of representatives. the world war ii veteran is 89 years, 7 months, and 26 days old. hall won a 17th term last month. he runs two miles and does 50 pushups every day. wow!. remember this heroic cop who jumped in freezing water to save a drowning woman? city of boston is honoring the officer edward norton with commendation for his courage. his cold water rescue landed him in hot water at home.
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he lost his wedding ring during the rescue. i guess, you know, things. rick, over to you. rick: what is the best part of christmas dinner? dessert, of course. here to show us how to make tasty ricota cake is our great chef. seems like you're really busy here making cheesecake. cheesecake sounds hard, got to tell you. >> it is not your typical cheesecake. ricota cheesecake. family heirloom. pie crust. buy your own pie crust. rick: you're cool with buying your own pie crust? >> totally cool. making this as easy as i can. rick: why people think they don't want to make a pie. >> i have a video how to make pie crust on youtube. it is so easy i promise. rick: go to youtube. >> how to.com. we have ricotta. we have lemon zest. orange zest. butter. vanilla. you could use vanilla
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extract. real easy. i have eggs here. mix in the sugar. rick: eggs and sugar one bowl. and rest in the other bowl. >> recipe is on the website. put a little cream. mix. rick: you're not measuring. >> i know it. following the recipe. rick: how much of that cream are you putting in there? >> i'm putting in around four ounces. this is only one cake. the recipe have on your website, fox's website does three pies. you cut it by three. rick: that seems very easy. >> nothing to it. just will. hisk this. rick: got to tell you. thing about cheesecake. it normally has the other pan. >> don't need it for this. rick: the ring around, kind of a cake pan? >> like a water bath, right? like water around the pan? rick: somebody -- >> like a mold. rick: a mold.
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>> we using pie crust for this. rick: nice. >> you can use a mold but that's too hard. put this in the oven, 385 around, 15 minutes, give or take. take a little toothpick. put it in and here you go. try this. rick: and this is it. >> all low-calorie, folks. rick: nobody cares about calories. we don't care about calories on christmas. >> i cut the sugar on this recipe. you could add more if that is your taste. this is nice, light, very easy. and perfect for the holiday. if you come by our new place, the old general store you can buy these. we do all the baking there. rick: this is very good. seems like something so easy i bet even clayton could do it. >> merry christmas. rick: merry christmas. thanks for coming on. he has performed for presidents and foreign dignitaris. randall atchison performs for us next.
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clayton: welcome back, merry christmas. quick headlines for you. ted kennedy, jr., says he won't run for john kerry's u.s. senate seat in massachusetts t would become vacant if kerry is confirmed at secretary of state. the son of the late ted kennedy is based in connecticut and he considers that state his home. ben affleck also saying he is not doing it so who will it be? bargain hunters, listen up. after-christmas sales will be better than years past. the fiscal cliff crisis and other factors kept spending down. retailers are expected to slash prices starting tomorrow to get items off the store shelves. ainsley? ainsley: thank you, clayton. he has performed on all five continents for presidents and foreign dignitaries. the only person to graduate from the julliard school of music with a double major in
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piano and organ. randall atcheson joins us with a holiday medley from his christmas album. ♪ . ♪ .
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